Master of Social Work (MSW)
Lyle S. Hallman Faculty of Social Work
Oscar Cole Arnal
This thesis is an exploration of the models of relationship that are evident in the Region of Waterloo, between church-afﬁliated social service agencies and their supporting church bodies. Church-afﬁliated social service agencies were deﬁned as those that either use Christian terminology or denominational names in their title, that require church representation at a board or corporate membership level, or that receive regular, committed ﬁnancial or volunteer support from a church body. Ten agencies that ﬁt this description were studied, with interviews conducted with agency representatives as well as four church representatives from organizations representing three different models. An interview was also held with another church-afﬁliated institution which had connections with many of the agencies studied. A qualitative analysis of these interviews determined that there are ﬁve models of relationship between church bodies and church- afﬁliated social service agencies apparent in the Region of Waterloo. These models are expressed on a continuum of involvement based on degree of formality of the relationship to the church at the administrative level, and closeness to the church as determined by the presence or absence of theology and religious values in programming at the service delivery level. From most connected to a church body to least connected, the models are: Church Owned, Church Approved, Church Related, Church Supported, and Secularized. The Church Related and Church Supported models involved the greatest number of agencies, seven of ten, while the other three models were each represented by one agency.
Warkentin, Buetta Louise Martin, "Models of church-agency relationship in church-affiliated social service agencies in the Region of Waterloo (Ontario)" (1998). Theses and Dissertations (Comprehensive). 160.