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Congregations and Community: A Case Study of Church-Led Initiatives in Atlanta, Georgia

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Gjoni, Ornela
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French, Steven P.
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his research delves into the multifaceted role of faith-based organizations (FBOs), particularly churches, in community development within various neighborhoods of Atlanta, Georgia. Emphasizing the importance of collective efforts for societal well-being, the study explores the motivations, strategies, and outcomes of local missions’ programs initiated or supported by congregations. The investigation aims to assess the effectiveness of church-led initiatives in fostering economic self-sufficiency and creating stable living environments for residents in disadvantaged communities. Employing a case study methodology, the research relies on content analysis as the methodology approach. The conceptual framework integrates variables such as capacity, commitment, community acceptance, and the perceived negative perception of congregations. The study contributes to the empirical understanding of FBOs' contributions to community development, addressing the dearth of comprehensive research in this area. The findings aim to inform policymakers and foster a deeper appreciation for the intricate dynamics of faith-based engagement in community development.
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2023-12
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