Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

First Advisor

Toms, Forrest


The purpose of this study was to explore the relationship between spiritual capital, civic participation, and civic engagement. An in depth analysis of relationship between spiritual capital and types and levels of civic engagement was investigated. The research sample included faith-based leaders from five churches in North Carolina and Virginia who were identified by the senior pastors as leaders in the ministries. The participants were administered the Leadership and Community Engagement Questionnaire, which measures engagement and the Spiritual Capital Index, which measures self-reported levels of spiritual capital.