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date: 30 October 2020

Christian Social Serviceslocked

  • Diana R. GarlandDiana R. GarlandDr. Diana R. Garland is Dean and Professor of Social Work at Baylor University’s School of Social Work.


The term “Christian social services” refers to the involvement of persons and agencies that identify themselves as having a Christian faith orientation in providing services to meet the material and interpersonal needs of persons not met by family or the larger community. These services are often provided informally, in response to the needs of neighbors, community members, and strangers. This entry describes formalized services provided through organizations, including congregations, as well as agencies and organizations affiliated with congregations.


  • Sociology of Religion

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