The resourceful believer: Generating civic skills in church

Title:
The resourceful believer: Generating civic skills in church
Authors:
Djupe, Paul A.; Gilbert, Christopher P.
Citation:
Djupe, Paul A. and Christopher P. Gilbert. (2006). “The Resourceful Believer: Generating Civic Skills in Church.” The Journal of Politics 68(1): 116-27.
Publisher:
The Journal of Politics
DATE ISSUED:
Feb-2006
PERMANENT LINK:
http://hdl.handle.net/2374.DEN/5045; http://hdl.handle.net/2374
Type:
Article
Language:
en_US
Description:
We investigate the conditions under which members practice politically relevant civic skills in church, generating a base of resourceful citizens equipped for political activity. Previous research has considered congregations to be black boxes, with sometimes unspecified and almost always untested processes operating to encourage civic skill development. In contrast, we conceptualize churches as diverse organizations and find evidence that the social homogeneity of church-based small groups allows for greater individual skill development. Moreover, members direct their energies toward the church and skill development when they are socially isolated from their communities. We also test the efficacy of clergy to promote skill development, finding mixed evidence. Overall, we find considerable support justifying the decision to open the black box and investigate the varied ways in which churches promote the acquisition of civic skills.
ISSN:
00223816
Appears in Collections:
Faculty Publications

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dc.contributor.authorDjupe, Paul A.en
dc.contributor.authorGilbert, Christopher P.en
dc.date.accessioned2013-01-02T19:18:37Zen
dc.date.accessioned2013-12-18T21:08:08Z-
dc.date.available2013-01-02T19:18:37Zen
dc.date.available2013-12-18T21:08:08Z-
dc.date.created2006-02en
dc.date.issued2006-02en
dc.identifier.citationDjupe, Paul A. and Christopher P. Gilbert. (2006). “The Resourceful Believer: Generating Civic Skills in Church.” The Journal of Politics 68(1): 116-27.en_US
dc.identifier.issn00223816en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2374.DEN/5045en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2374-
dc.descriptionWe investigate the conditions under which members practice politically relevant civic skills in church, generating a base of resourceful citizens equipped for political activity. Previous research has considered congregations to be black boxes, with sometimes unspecified and almost always untested processes operating to encourage civic skill development. In contrast, we conceptualize churches as diverse organizations and find evidence that the social homogeneity of church-based small groups allows for greater individual skill development. Moreover, members direct their energies toward the church and skill development when they are socially isolated from their communities. We also test the efficacy of clergy to promote skill development, finding mixed evidence. Overall, we find considerable support justifying the decision to open the black box and investigate the varied ways in which churches promote the acquisition of civic skills.en_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.publisherThe Journal of Politicsen_US
dc.relation.ispartofFaculty Publicationsen_US
dc.titleThe resourceful believer: Generating civic skills in churchen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.contributor.institutionDenison Universityen_US
dc.date.digitized2013-01-02en
dc.contributor.repositoryDenison Resource Commonsen_US
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