Churchgoers Less Generous Today Than During the Great Depression

That’s true–3.2 percent of churchgoer income was given in 1933, versus 2.5 percent in 2007.

So the sum total of modern church fundraising tools, techniques, and strategies has been a precipitous drop of 0.7 percentage points in giving as a percentage of income among congregation members.

There is not a “creeping crisis” of relevancy in American Christianity, she [Sylvia Ronsvalle of empty tomb, inc.] said.

“It is a galloping crisis, and it’s immune to the economy,” Ronsvalle said. “The church needs to dig in and figure it out.”


The quote and the stat are part of a sobering Money and Religion quiz on the long-term challenges facing church finances, available at Faith & Leadership. Well worth checking out and seeing if you can beat my 8 out of 11 performance.

Fitting that today I would finish the final version of a new church-based Transformational Giving Ten list, in preparation for beginning to write my second book on church-based Transformational Giving–a book intended to be equally applicable to churches, Christian nonprofits, and individual Christians. Draft due in November, publication set for the turn of the year.

I’m thinking to post the new church-based TG Ten on the blog here in a week or two. I just want to make sure the “final” final version is really, um, final.

About Pastor Foley

The Reverend Dr. Eric Foley is CEO and Co-Founder, with his wife Dr. Hyun Sook Foley, of Voice of the Martyrs Korea, supporting the work of persecuted Christians in North Korea and around the world and spreading their discipleship practices worldwide. He is the former International Ambassador for the International Christian Association, the global fellowship of Voice of the Martyrs sister ministries. Pastor Foley is a much sought after speaker, analyst, and project consultant on the North Korean underground church, North Korean defectors, and underground church discipleship. He and Dr. Foley oversee a far-flung staff across Asia that is working to help North Koreans and Christians everywhere grow to fullness in Christ. He earned the Doctor of Management at Case Western Reserve University's Weatherhead School of Management in Cleveland, Ohio.
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1 Response to Churchgoers Less Generous Today Than During the Great Depression

  1. Don Riker says:

    Sobering, but sadly, not surprising. The words of the prophet Haggai (chapter 1) ring true today. I hope we’re listening.

    Blessings as you write – looking forward to it.


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