4 Disturbing Trends Behind the National Decline in Church Giving

by | September 9, 2019

Church Giving Realities

Charitable giving has consistently risen from less than $150 billion to more than $400 billion in the US over the last 40 years. Yet, last year individual giving fell by 3.4%, charitable giving fell by 1.7% (inflation adjusted), and sadly, inflation adjusted giving to churches fell almost 4%.

 

What do these giving realities mean for churches?

If this trend continues for just five years, churches in the United States will have 20% less ministry funding.

 

What should church leaders do next?

In this video, Joe Park explains the trends behind this decline in church giving. He also offers some very practical advice to church leaders to address these giving realities. Some of what Joe discusses is likely brand-new territory for many church leaders. Churches who have made these practices part of their funding model are enjoying increased ministry funding.

 

 

If you want to watch the rest of the Giving Intelligence series and access a variety of practical tools to help you cultivate a culture of generosity in your church, visit our Giving365 resource center.

 

Click here to request a free 20 minute consultation by a Horizons Ministry Strategist about how your church can increase ministry funding and improve discipleship through a process we call Next Level Generosity.

10 Comments

  1. Avatar

    Joe,
    I put a chapter in my book, PROPEL, on donor development in 2015….we were seeing this trend in giving at Resurrection. I appreciate your video warning and appeal!

    Clayton Smth

    Reply
    • Joe Park

      Clayton, Thank you for sharing for echoing this message. It is a great concern that if this trend holds, we could see the sum of the churches in the US with 20% less ministry funding by 2023. Joe

      Reply
  2. Avatar

    We are very much interested in increasing giving in our church.
    Thank you.

    Reply
    • Joe Park

      Clyde, I am glad your church is interested in developing a culture of generosity in your church. I hope you signed up for free Giving365 access. There are dozens of blogs there, as well as over 20 other video’s like this one.

      Reply
  3. Avatar

    This was very eye opening. This was a timely reminder of the necessity of having a financial leader in the ministry. Thank you so much.

    Reply
    • Joe Park

      Stephen, I am glad you found it helpful.

      Reply
  4. Avatar

    Thank you for doing this video and series. As a church consultant and coach I work with hundreds of churches across the country of all sizes and situations. I would say that at least 99% could benefit from this resource and Horizon’s experience. Would appreciate being able to share this video and others in workshops if that is possible? Thanks again

    Reply
    • Joe Park

      Jim, Thank you for your kind words. Of course you may share this information, as well as any of the 20+ other video’s in the Giving365 Library. Joe

      Reply
  5. Avatar

    Thanks for a clear and concise overview. I am sorry that you did not include data showing trends on a constant (inflation-adjusted) dollar basis, as it would moderate the apparent historical growth trends and deepen the effects of things like the federal change in standard deductions and other tax-related impacts for charitable giving (although those data are very recent and would not show in the charts presented here).

    Reply
    • Joe Park

      RKK,

      Thank you for your kind words. You are absolutely correct. This video was shot before that data came out. I will create a newer version this later this year.

      Reply

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Everything you need to inspire generosity.

RECENT Posts

How to Talk About Money and Ministry in Church

Talking about Money and Ministry

Giving to religion fell 3.7% (inflation adjusted) in 2018* as people continue the trend of shifting giving away from the church to other non-profit organizations.  How we talk about money and ministry in the church is one of the reasons.

 

It’s Easier than You Think

Changing the conversation about money is easier than you might think.  You can begin with one simple vocabulary change. When you make this change, you’ll watch how quickly awkward money conversations can become opportunities to celebrate ministry impact and life change.

Listen as Joe Park, Managing Partner of Horizons Stewardship, explains how this simple change can resolve the tension you might be experiencing as you talk about ministry and money in your church.

 

 

If you want to watch the rest of the series and access a variety of practical tools and ideas to help you cultivate a culture of generosity in your church, visit our Giving365 resource center.

*Data provided by the 2019 GivingUSA report.

Why Shifting Your Fiscal Year is a Next Level Generosity Best Practice

Shifting Your Fiscal Year

By shifting their fiscal year away from the traditional calendar, an estimated 40% of vital churches have become better equipped to manage ministry funding. In most churches, up to a third of yearly income is received in December.  In the next offering from Horizons’ Giving Intelligence Series, Managing Partner, Joe Park describes why moving to a non-traditional fiscal calendar should be one of your church’s best practices.

 

 

To find out more about Joe Park, click here.

 

Horizons’ Next Level Generosity (NLG) is a framework that enables church leaders to align people and resources to do more ministry. We’re not talking about a capital campaign, but a shift in culture that multiplies a church’s capacity to change lives and make a lasting impact on its community.  Churches that use NLG are reporting double-digit increases in year-over-year giving. To arrange a free 20-minute consultation to explore if NLG is right for you church visit nextlevelgenerosity.com or contact us at info@horizons.net

 

Did you miss the first installments in Horizons’ Giving Intelligence Series? Find them in our free Giving365 vault by clicking on the Giving365 logo below.

Giving365 - Blog - Horizons - church stewardship resource

 

 

Three Prescriptions for Curing a Scarcity Mindset

Do you hear things like, “Money is tight! We need to tighten our belts?” Or “People are giving all they can. We can’t ask them to do more?”

 

If the answer is yes, then your church may be afflicted with a scarcity mindset.

 

In this video, Kristine Miller, CFRE, Partner and SVP at Horizons, will discuss ways to overcome a scarcity mindset and the fear and hesitancy created by a glass-is-half-empty attitude. Also, you will learn how to build a culture that celebrates God’s abounding blessings and grows generous hearts.

 

In this next video in Horizons’ Giving Intelligence Series will help your church giving and move to the next level of generosity.

 

 

Horizons’ Next Level Generosity (NLG) framework can help you create and carry out your Generosity Battle Plan. Beginning with a comprehensive 360-degree analysis, your Horizons Ministry Strategist will create a clear and effective strategy for shifting your generosity culture. The result is more money for ministry and authentic life-change for your congregation. To arrange a free 20-minute consultation, contact info@horizons.net

 

Did you miss the first installments in Horizons’ Giving Intelligence Series? Find them in our free Giving365 vault by clicking on the Giving365 logo below.

Giving365 - Blog - Horizons - church stewardship resource

To find out more about Kristine Miller, click here.

 

OUR NETWORK

Follow Us

PO Box 627
Cabot, Arkansas 72023

Pin It on Pinterest

Share This