This past spring, Christianity Today surveyed churches nationwide about their budget priorities. The results will be released in an executive report this summer.
One key finding in the study sheds new light on church giving—a focus of other recent surveys with seemingly contradictory findings. The Giving USA report on 2013 charitable giving suggests religious giving again declined. On the other hand, a for-profit company's report said religious giving increased more than 8 percent last year.
Well, which way was it? Part of the discrepancy may come from differing ways the reports define the religious sector. Also, their definitions are broad and include more than just churches.
Christianity Today's Church Budget Priorities Study learned the following about giving to churches from among 1,151 qualified responses:
- 29 percent said giving decreased by 2 percent or more during the past year;
- 29 percent said giving was essentially flat; and,
- 41 percent said giving grew by 2 percent or more.
In terms of church size, 62 percent of churches with less than 200 in weekly attendance said giving was flat or grew, while 80 percent of churches with 1,000 or more in weekly attendance said the same.
Keep watching ManagingYourChurch.com and the Church Finance Today newsletter in the weeks ahead for more details from the budget survey. And in the meantime, the tips offered in our downloadable resource, Increase Giving at Church, also may serve you well.
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