The 2020 report by Giving USA, a credible source on American philanthropy, outlines deepening problems and worrisome signs for religious nonprofits. Nearly every church is feeling financial pressure from these trends. From Horizons Stewardship.
What’s happening to today’s Mainline churches has a lot to do with cultural trends, but more important is the birthrate, argues this writer in EthicsDaily.com. Do you agree? What is affecting your church?
People are giving money to organizations and causes that they believe in and that know how to ask properly. Unfortunately, that is frequently not the Christian church. We have a lot to learn from fundraising-savvy organizations, such as National Public Radio, argues a writer for the Center for Faith and Giving.
When Religion News Service columnist Tobin Grant took a map of Carbondale, Ill., and plotted out the houses of worship, he gained insight into the trends of faith that shaped and are still shaping the town. What could you learn by studying a map of your community? (Photo by Mimi_K, used by Creative Commons license)
The Christian Reformed Church is a tiny denomination with just a quarter million members, but their members give in an outsized way — more than twice the national average among Protestant churches. They are doing something right, ChristianityToday reports. (Photo by iqoncept, via bigstockphoto.com)
A recent survey indicates most families will give their church the same amount as last year, while 25 percent plan to decrease giving. The good news? The survey showed that Millennials plan to give more, reports Leadership Journal. (Photo by Lululemon athletica, used by Creative Commons License. Thanks!)