New Study: Churches Say Giving is Up, But So are Costs
Sixty percent say giving isn't keeping up with inflation.

Our colleagues at Christianity Today just posted a quick analysis of new research on giving at churches conducted by the Lake Institute on Faith & Giving at the Indiana University School of Philanthropy, the Alban Institute, the Indianapolis Center for Congregations, the National Association of Church Business Administration, and Maximum Generosity.

The study was based on responses from more than 3,100 congregations about giving between the first half of 2011 and the first half of 2012. The analysis concludes:

The majority of U.S. congregations reported increased giving throughout the economic recession ... But it's not all good news: Most congregations also reported significant spending increases—and less than half said their revenue kept up with inflation.

The analysis also indicates representation of mainline Protestant churches skewed heavy in the study while Catholic churches and black churches appear underrepresented. Representation of evangelical churches appears "close enough," according to Christianity Today.

Read more about the 2013 Congregational Economic Impact Study and more from the analysis.

Results from the 2013 State of the Plate, a constituency survey on giving trends of more than 2,000 Protestant churches for all of 2012, are expected to release soon. Christianity Today's, Maximum Generosity, the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability, and ECCU co-sponsored the 2013 State of the Plate.

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