Earlier this month, Leadership Network published Warren Bird’s latest research: “The Economic Outlook of Very Large Churches.” This 18-page report considers the overall economic outlook alongside how the surveyed congregations collect, allocate and spend funds.
Electronic giving (e-giving) is an increasingly important means by which churches receive donations. 100% of the churches with average weekly attendance of at least 2,000 receive some of their income via e-giving. The breakout of e-giving receipts as a percentage of total receipts is displayed in graph form at right. Put differently, the percentage of congregations who receive electronic income at each statistical tier follows:
- nearly 20% receive between 31% and 60%,
- just over 20% receive between 21% and 30%,
- just over 40% receive between 11% and 20%, and
- only 25% receive 10% or less of their income electronically.
- In what year did your church first offer e-giving? If you church does not yet do so, when will this opportunity be launched?
- What are the current ways one can give electronically? How are these opportunities communicated?
- What percentage of your church’s income is received electronically? How significantly do your budget leaders project this will increase over the next year? next 5 years?