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Journal: Social Work & Christianity

Social Work & Christianity

Social Work and Christianity (SWC) is a refereed journal published by the North American Association of Christians in Social Work (NACSW) in order to contribute to the growth of social workers in the integration of Christian faith and professional practice. SWC welcomes articles, shorter contributions, book reviews, and letters which deal with issues related the integration of faith and professional social work practice and other professional concerns which have relevance to Christianity.

Views expressed by authors are their own and do not necessarily reflect those of SWC or NACSW. Membership in NACSW or publication in SWC in no way implies endorsement or certification of the member’s or author’s qualifications, ability, or proficiency to practice social work. NACSW and SWC do not assume responsibility in any way for member’s or reader’s efforts to apply or utilize information, suggestions, or recommendations made by the association, its publications, conferences, or other resources.

Free Member Access

Free online access to current and archived issues of Social Work and Christianity going back to 1974 is one of the complimentary benefits included with individual or organizational membership in NACSW.

For Member-Only access to archived issues, click here.

Non-members, please contact the NACSW office at info@nacsw.org for information.

Past issues of Social Work and Christianity are available for purchase.


Subscriptions to Social Work and Christianity are available to libraries and organizations at a subscription rate of $124 per year (or $142/year in US dollars for institutions in Canada and overseas). To order a subscription, contact info@nacsw.org or go to the online bookstore.

Manuscript Submission Guidelines

INSTRUCTIONS FOR AUTHORS: Submit manuscripts to SWC electronically in the form of two documents:

1) A title page that includes the article title, a list of key words, and full author information including name(s), affiliations, addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses (for example: Stacey L. Barker, Ph.D., MSW, is Associate Professor of Social Work, Eastern Nazarene College, 23 E. Elm Avenue, Quincy, MA, 02170. Phone: (617) 745-3564. Email: stacey.barker@enc.edu)

2) The manuscript without author identifying information that contains the full text of the article, including an abstract of not more than 150 words, references, and any tables or appendices. Use the American Psychological Association Style Manual format (current edition) for in-text references and reference lists. Submit manuscripts as email attachments to rick@nacsw.org, preferably in Microsoft Word.

At least three members of the editorial board will anonymously review manuscripts and recommend a decision based on the following criteria: relevance of content to major issues concerning the relationship of social work and Christianity, literary merit, conciseness, clarity, and freedom from language that conveys devaluation or stereotypes of persons or groups. The journal editorial team will make final decisions.

Authors may correspond with the managing editor by email or phone: Rick Chamiec-Case (rick@nacsw.org); 203.270.8780.


Sample Articles

SWC Article - Spring 2018 (45:1)
Loneliness and Congregational Social Work by Victoria A. Charles & Terry A. Wolfer


SWC Article - Winter 2017 (44:4)
Integrating Faith and Practice: A Qualitative Study of Staff Motivation by Kris Hohn, Mary McCoy, Dorothea Ivey, Paula Ugochukwu Ude, & Regina T. Praetorius


SWC Article - Fall 2017 (44:3)
Christian Social Workers’ Views and Integration of Clients’ Religion and Spirituality in Practice by Holly K. Oxhandler & James W. Ellor



Sample Full Issue

SWC Full Issue - Winter 2015 (42:1)
Special Issue: Spirituality and Trauma