I was asked to provide links to my assertion that Black churches provide more services than white churches.
Chaves and Higgens (1992) also found that services provided by black congregations differed from those provide by white congregations. Similarly, Hill (1998) found that "black churches provide more outreach services than predominately white churches" (p. 27)
Objectives. This study determined the extent to which churches in the South were providing mental health and social services to congregations and had established linkages with formal systems of care.
Methods. A computer-assisted telephone interview (CATI) survey was conducted with pastors from 269 Southern churches.
Results. Black churches reported providing many more services than did White churches, regardless of urban or rural location. Few links between churches and formal provider systems were found, irrespective of the location—urban or rural—or racial composition of the churches.
Conclusions. Results are discussed in terms of the potential for linking faith communities and formal systems of care, given the centrality of the Black church in historical context.