Data collected in a general population survey from a random sample of individuals in two rural communities in Texas were used to examine the association between religious involvement and civic participation empirically. Support was found for the hypothesis that attendance at religious meetings is positively associated with community involvement. Results of the analysis of covariance also suggest that certain sociodemographic factors are significant predictors of community involvement. Possible implications of these findings for community developers, public leaders, Cooperative Extension Service personnel, and other practitioners are addressed. Recommendations for involving religious institutions in community development initiatives are also advanced.
Theodori, Gene, and Chyrel Mayfield. 2008. "Attendance at Religious Meetings and Community Involvement." Journal of Rural Social Sciences, 23(1): Article 11. Available at: https://egrove.olemiss.edu/jrss/vol23/iss1/11