Giving Trends

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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9 Questions to Ask after Experiencing a Decline in Church Giving

So, Your Giving in 2019 Wasn't Where You Hoped It Would Be. Now What?    You could just keep trying to do what you've always done. But it's likely you'll just end up experiencing more of the same. That doesn't mean we despair. What it does mean is that we'll need to...

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