Church Giving in the Future

The Spring 2013 edition of Leadership Journal focuses on money, emphasizing how congregations can fund ministries in ways that are consistent with their DNA.  While many articles within this edition's pages offer considerable practical insight two that consider the longer term are of particular note. In "Why I Won't Give to Your Church," Robert Jewe explains why as a 23-year-old he may hesitate to fund congregational ministry and mission (p.37).  His honest appeal requests that churches honor Read More …

Church E-Giving

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 Read More …

Religious Taxes

A week ago today, Germany’s top administrative court sided with Roman Catholic bishops by upholding the longstanding practice of allowing the Catholic Church to deny full access to the church to German believers who refused to pay a special church tax.  Under the current system registered Catholics, Protestants and Jews pay a monthly tax to the government, and the government distributes those funds to the appropriate religious communities. With this system, the tax provides the most Read More …

Giving Less

The Barna Group's latest research suggests that the current economic crisis continues to impact how much Christians contribute to their local congregations.  In short: In the immediate aftermath of the economic crisis in late 2008, two out of 10 Americans (20%) had reduced their giving to a church or religious center; three out of 10 (31%) had downsized their giving to other nonprofits. Then, 14 months later, in January of 2010, both measures had increased: three in 10 adults had reduced giving Read More …

Before You Give

Meet the Journalist Nicholas D. Kristof is a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner who currently writes op-ed columns that appear twice a week for the New York Times.  Viewed by many as a leader in web journalism, Kristoff was the first blogger on the New York Times website.  To learn more about or to connect with him consider reading his blog, following him on Twitter, liking him on Facebook, or viewing his channel on YouTube. Year End Giving Kristoff's most recent article, "When Donations Go Read More …