Giving Trends

Your Total Contributions Aren’t Telling the Whole Story

Is Your Giving Culture Healthy? An increase in total church giving doesn’t necessarily mean you have a healthy giving culture. In fact, your actual contributions are a lagging indicator of your future. Lagging indicators describe what has already happened which means... read more

4 Disturbing Trends Behind the National Decline in Church Giving

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,... read more

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... read more

What Church Leaders Need to Know About New Giving Trends

Ten years ago, in Not Your Parents’ Offering Plate, I voiced my concern that giving to religion, as a share of overall giving, had fallen significantly over the last several decades and was half of what it once was. At the time, the giving trends indicated that... read more

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