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Citation:  Tesdahl, E.A. (2014). More than the sum of its parts: Cooperation and mutual commitment in multi-issue congregation-based community organizing. Sociological Inquiry, 85 (1), 148-171.
Title:  More than the sum of its parts: Cooperation and mutual commitment in multi-issue congregation-based community organizing
Authors:  Tesdahl, E.A.
Year:  2014
Journal/Publication:  Sociological Inquiry
Publisher:  Wiley
DOI:  https://doi.org/10.1111/soin.12063
Full text:  http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/soin.12063/full   
Peer-reviewed?  No
NIDILRR-funded?  Yes

Structured abstract:

Background:  Involving various community stakeholders is essential to promoting change within that community. Organizations can work together by using a congregation-based community organizing model for collaboration.
Purpose:  This study provides a qualitative look at the use of the congregation-based community organizing model as a way of mobilizing various community partners to organize around a central issue.
Study sample:  Qualitative semi-structured interviews with 18 people were included. The individuals in this sample include: clergy, professional community organizers, and participant leaders.
Findings:  This model for community organizing made a positive impact on this community.
Conclusions:  The researchers conclude that collaborations among these like-minded congregations enabled them to better work together on shared issues as well as share resources.