The most recent scholarly research of the Diana R. Garland School of Social Work at Baylor University identifies one of the modern congregation’s greatest opportunities: to create sustainable opportunities for congregants to meaningfully engage in transformational change with their communities. This could be walking alongside families in poverty, addressing hunger, or supporting local schools. Congregational members urge their pastors and denominational leaders to provide them with handles on how to engage in transformational service, but few resources exist at the intersection of faithful witness and social change. C3I is ideally positioned to help fulfill this need.
C3I prioritizes research that identifies promising practices of congregation-based community change efforts; highlights how congregations engage culture and create sacred space for social change; and addresses how congregations can plan and measure their impact.
With support from the Garland School of Social Work at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, The Center for Church and Community Impact conducts and curates current research on how congregations are engaging culture at the intersection of faithful witness and social change. Our Research Fellows explore questions such as:
Research Fellows may be current students interested in congregation-based social change efforts, or faculty conducting practice or research in this arena. To explore becoming a C3I Research Fellow, click here.