Invited to participate

Walden University School of Management and Technology




You are invited to participate in a study being conducted by Brother Carl Wamble regarding
building trust among church members. The name of the study is: Emotional and Spiritual
Enablers for Building Trust within Churches for Organizational Effectiveness. Participants in
this study will be members of the church of Christ in the Mid-Atlantic Region of the United
States. This form is part of a process called "informed consent" to allow you to understand this
study before you decide whether to take part.

This study is being conducted by Carl Wamble as a course of study at Walden University . You
may know Brother Wamble as a former elder at the East Capital Street Church of Christ.
However, this study is for the purpose of gaining insight from congregations throughout the Mid-
Atlantic Region about the current level oftrust.


Background information:


The purpose of this research study is to gain an understanding of the level of trust among our
Christian family members in the Mid-Atlantic Region of the United States.


If you agree to participate in this study, you will be asked to complete a survey that will take
.approximately 25 minutes.


You will be asked to answer questions about your attitudes, beliefs, and judgments on trust,
relationships and spirituality.


You will be asked to log onto a secure website and provide information about you and your


You will be asked to rank the questions on a 1-5 scale. Below are some sample questions you
will be asked to answer:


• My congregation members treat me fairly and justly.
• Members feel like "part of the family" in this congregation. .
• Members of this congregation seek advice on how to live a good life from people they
respect, great teachers/writings and/or God.


Voluntary nature of the study:


This study is voluntary. You are free to accept or turn down the invitation. No one at your
congregation or any local congregations will treat you differently if you decide not to be in the
study. If you decide to be in the study, now you can still change your mind later. You may stop
at any time. Participants must be 18 years of age or older and a member of the congregation
where they complete the survey in the Mid-Atlantic Region ofthe U.S.


Risks and benefits of being in the study: The risks involved in this study are that sensitive
issues regarding trust, emotions, and spiritual leadership may be surfaced. However, your
personal responses to the questions will not be revealed to anyone in the organization and all
survey responses will be collated together to reveal a collective group reflection. The potential
benefits are the possibility gaining a knowledge of the current level of trust among members of
the church and an assessment of relationships and spirituality.




There is no monetary compensation for the participants or researcher for participating in this




Reports coming out of this study will not share the identities of individual participants. Details
that might identify participants such as the location of the study will be limited to identifying as
congregations in the Mid-Atlantic region of the U.S. Your name will not be used, and you will
have complete privacy infilling out the survey. All surveys will be stored on a secure password
protected hard drive and analyzed to gain knowledge about relationships within and between
congregations in the Mid-Atlantic Region.


You will not be asked to forfeit any legal rights.
Please keep a copy of this consent form for your records.


Contacts and questions:


If you have questions about the study please contact Carl Wamble via:, (240)281-2395


If you have questions about your rights as a participant you can contact Walden University
Research Participant Advocate at (1-800-925-3368 ext 312-1210 and or email address


Walden University Approval number for this study is 11-09-17-0091973 and it expires on
November 8th, 2018.


If you feel you understand the study well enough to make a decision about it, please indicate
your consent by returning the completed survey. To protect your privacy, no consent signature is




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