Giving to Churches at 41 Year Low 10/17/2011

by Moody Adams
“Tithing to mainline Protestant churches as a percentage of income is at its lowest level in at least 41 years, according to a new report, and churches are keeping a greater share of those donations for their own needs” reports Empty Tomb Inc., a Christian research agency in Champaign, Ill.

Only 0.34 percent went to causes outside of the church walls.

But Sylvia Ronsvalle, the report’s co-author, said “previous research identifies no clear pattern that shows donations dropped during past recessions.”

Ronsvalle says, “If a church is turning inward and valuing the happiness of its members” over service to others, “it is moving on a spectrum toward pagan values.”

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