How Did Giving Go in 2011 at Your Church?

My church's annual meeting took place a couple of Sundays ago. We're a modest bunch—about 125 in weekly attendance and a general budget of about $375,000.

God has done some remarkable things in our midst during the past year, despite our size (or perhaps because of it?). He has used a strong staff and lay leadership to cast a vision that integrates our church's presence into the surrounding community and provides an open, inviting environment, especially for young families.

And the people who attend have faithfully respond. Giving in 2011 for the general fund exceeded budget by 24 percent. Meanwhile, a capital campaign, launched in late 2010 to fund a building expansion in response to the growing number of young families in our midst, raised 94 percent of our church's $250,000 goal—well ahead of schedule.

And yet our church, which uses a congregational structure for making its decisions, acted in what I consider a prudent manner, passing a 2012 general budget at the annual business meeting that measures 2 percent less than in 2011.

How did giving go at your church in 2011? What are the prospects for 2012? Our annual State of the Plate survey is underway, and I hope you'll share what your church experienced. I pray you saw God move in small and big ways, and I pray you'll share how your church has responded to challenges inside and outside the building.

By taking 15 minutes today, you'll receive–for freemore than $125 in resources offered by our team, as well as Maximum Generosity and the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability, the survey's other sponsors.

The past two years, we've received thousands of responses. The results become informative and educational for church leaders as they seek to understand giving trends at other churches, as well as the ways churches have responded to ups and downs. Get started now.

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