Keeping the faith! Drivers of participation in spiritually-based communities

Karen Granger, Vinh Lu, Jodie Conduit, Roberta Veale, Cullen Habel

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Spiritually based communities (SBCs) provide a range of economic and social benefits to society. Declining memberships prompt a need for greater understanding and insight into the factors that drive participation in these communities. This study provides a conceptual model depicting religiosity as the core driver of donation of time, money and attendances at religious services. The model further indicates that the impact of belief in a 'higher being' on participation in SBCs is moderated by age, income, time available for socialization, desire to make a social contribution, and need for social interaction. A preliminary investigation in Australia provides strong support for the model, serving as a starting point for a number of future studies on the behaviors of SBC members.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)68-75
Number of pages8
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2014


  • Age
  • Income
  • Philanthropy
  • Religiosity
  • Social
  • Spiritual communities
  • Volunteering


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