More than a third (36 percent) of churches across the nation have experienced a decrease in giving since the March shut-down of many in-person gatherings, reports a new State of the Plate (SOTP) study of 1,076 churches in all 50 states. This constituency-driven study was conducted by the National Association of Evangelicals and Church Law & Tax.
The decrease indicated by the SOTP study is slightly lower than the 41 percent decrease reported in a recent national survey of 555 congregations conducted by the Lake Institute on Faith and Giving, a part of the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, Church Law & Tax, and others.
On the positive side, 59 percent in the Lake Institute study indicated that giving had either increased or stayed the same since March. In the SOTP study, the number was higher at 64 percent.
Further, the new SOTP finding showing 64 percent holding ...