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Comment magazine on Believe 2 Become and Gatherings of Hope

Comment magazine logo, 'public theology for the common good'

Comment magazine, currently edited by Calvin’s James K. A. Smith (don’t miss his blog, Fors Clavigera), recently posted an excellent online article by Calvin alum Graham Scharf about the Believe 2 Become and Gatherings of Hope Initiatives. The article is titled “Renewing Social Architecture by Building Bridges” and characterizes B2B as a unique approach in today’s Christian philanthropic community.

Three years into these initiatives, CSR continues to provide research and evaluation support services for both Initiatives; for Believe 2 Become, we “ride shotgun” for the Community Research Institute at Grand Valley State University, while the Gatherings of Hope work is led by Calvin Sociology’s Mark Mulder.

Posted by Neil Carlson on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 09:16 AM
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2013 Summer Training Series

CSR is offering another year of summer training for our staff and students. As with last year, these training sessions will be open to Calvin faculty, staff, and students, as well as some of our clients.

The schedule is subject to change, but here are the topics we’re going to cover: All training sessions will be from 1pm-4:30pm in North Hall 180.

Please click on any of the sessions you are interested in attending, and you will be taken to the corresponding Eventbrite page.

DateWeek #Topic
Thursday 6/131Document design - MS Word
Thursday 6/202Inquisite/Qualtrics - Survey software
Thursday 6/273Databases 101 and MS Excel
Thursday 7/114MS Access
Thursday 7/185Intuit QuickBase
Thursday 7/256SPSS/Stata
Thursday 8/17Tableau I
Thursday 8/88Tableau II
Thursday 8/169Qualitative data collection
Posted by Tom Sherwood on Thursday, May 23, 2013 at 01:34 PM
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Welcome New Hires!

    CSR has hired three new student research assistants who will work full time this summer, then continue part time with CSR when the fall semester begins.

  • Stacia Allen, a sophomore Social Work major

  • Michael Bloem, a sophomore Economics major

  • Natalie Patterson, a junior Environmental Studies major

    Additionally, we’ve hired two new research specialists who will join our team full time.

  • Owen Selles, who graduates this spring in Geography

  • Alexander Tyan, an International Relations major also graduating this spring

    We are looking forward to working with our new colleagues.

Posted by Tom Sherwood on Friday, May 10, 2013 at 01:14 PM
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Social Sciences Lunch Seminar Series Spring 2013

The Social Sciences Lunch Seminar Series resumes for the spring semester 2013, highlighting three faculty speakers who will present and discuss their research.

Friday April 5: Roman Williams, Assistant Professor of Sociology: “Seeing Religion: Visual Research Methods in the Sociology of Religion”

Friday April 19: Jonathan Hill, Assistant Professor of Sociology: “The Social Context of Antievolutionist Beliefs”

Friday May 3: Julie Yonker, Assistant Professor of Psychology: “Does how you think really impact your Religious Beliefs? Results from a Large National Survey”

All of the 2012-13 seminars take place at Calvin College, in the Alumni Association Board Room, 12:30 p.m. with lunch tickets free and available starting at 12:15 p.m.

Please join us for lunch, research, and discussion.

Sponsored by the Center for Social Research, the Dean for Social Sciences and Contextual Studies, and the Gary and Henrietta Byker Chair in Christian Perspectives on Political, Social and Economic Thought.

 

Posted by Kathryn A. Bardolph on Monday, March 18, 2013 at 09:51 AM
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Report on 2011 Sustaining Pastoral Excellence Survey

 

Since 2004, CSR has been supporting the Christian Reformed Church in North America (CRCNA) in its Sustaining Pastoral Excellence project, which has been funded by grants from the Lilly Endowment, Inc. Four waves of surveys have been conducted on an approximately biennial basis, in 2004/2005 (which we’re now labeling “2005” for simplicity’s sake), 2007, 2009 and 2011.

A full report is now available comparing all four survey waves and including statistical models of pastors’ self-reported pastoral health (vocational satisfaction and sustainability), leadership skills, and congregational fulfillment of the CRC’s mission statement. The report finds statistical stability across all four waves—excellence is indeed being sustained. But we also identify many areas of concern with room for improvement, especially council support through systematic feedback on preaching. The statistical models suggest that programmatic interventions per se have mixed effects, but targeting leadership skill development could stimulate improvements in pastoral health.

The following resources are available from CSR; see also the SPE project’s survey page.

  1. Full report (4.18MB; 75-page color PDF, with extensive bookmarks and hypertext cross-referencing)
  2. Printable PDF questionnaires for pastors and clerks of council.
  3. Online web-based questionnaires for pastors and clerks of council (shown in preview mode; data is not collected).
  4. Comments and critiques are welcome! Click “read more” below to see a sample finding from the 2011 survey.

READ MORE...

Posted by Traci Montgomery on Monday, January 14, 2013 at 03:26 PM
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