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Context and Factors of Four Local Christian Churches’ Participation in Social Services at Shenkeng
local Christian church,social service,community ministry,community participation,community development,
|Publication Year :||2018|
In history, Christianity plays an important role in the development of social welfare system. Its theology contains abundant concepts and ethics related to social services. In modern Taiwan society, many local churches provide social services for children, teenagers, the elderly, families, and the poor. Their participation in social services make them more than buildings where rituals take place. These churches become partners of community care.
Present research’s objective is to explore the community context and factors of churches’ participation in social services. Four churches in Senkeng, New Taipei City were interviewed. They are Livingstones Church, Joy Church, Tuku Church, and Zion Church. It was found that social services work as bridge between churches and the community, especially in an area where most people are affiliated with folk beliefs. Furthermore, churches’ after-school service meets many families’ need. Because of the rapid development of Shenkeng area, certain long-time residents have difficulties adapting to the changing life, and some commuter residents hardly balance work and family.
Two types of churches, “active participants” and the “not-a-must”, are recognized according to their social service tendencies. The active participants’ efforts are important providers of services to children, teenagers and their families, and they won appreciation from schools and community organizations. On the contrary, churches of the second type seldom regard social service program necessary. They practice service and care mainly for members and their family. A list of factors were identified supportive to churches’ role in social services including voluntary social services derived from community ministries prior to the church’s establishment, inspiration and support from evangelical institutions, members with related backgrounds and skills, abilities and strategies to mobilize human resource, religious motivation and interpretation, church leaders’ personal issues which are similar to service users, and involvement in schools as parents.
Based on the research findings, three suggestions are made for churches, community, and local government. First, churches have the potential of participating in locality development beyond service provision. Second, churches may consider the meaning and practice of evangelization so that conflict between preaching and serving can be resolved. Last, government officials and community organizations can take churches as partners with an open mind. It would be beneficial to support churches’ deep involvement in community by enhancing their rational assessment of local needs and developing local partnership.
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