Study Shows Impact of Springfield-area Congregations
After two years of work, a team of researchers at Missouri State University and Drury University recently released a report titled “Springfield Area Congregations Study: Profile and Community Engagement” that explored the dimensions and community impact of congregations in Greene and Christian counties.
The study focuses on congregations as part of the nonprofit sector and their engagement in social services, volunteer activity and other forms of civic activity.
A total of 176 congregations completed the study’s survey. Among the study’s key findings were:
The report also included a comprehensive list of 549 congregations. It was a collaborative effort among four researchers: Dr. Catherine Hoegeman, Missouri State assistant professor of sociology; Dan Prater, executive director of the Drury University Center for Nonprofit Leadership; Christina Ryder, Missouri State sociology instructor; and Matthew Gallion, Missouri State alumnus and CaseWorthy Inc. client support specialist.