Congregational Vs. Denominational Giving: An Analysis of Giving Patterns in the Presbyterian Church in the United States and the Reformed Church in America

Citation: 
Luidens, Donald and Roger Nemeth. "Congregational Vs. Denominational Giving: An Analysis of Giving Patterns in the Presbyterian Church in the United States and the Reformed Church in America," Review of Religious Research 36, no. 2 December 1994: 111-122.
Abstract: 

Donald Luidens and Roger Nemeth compared trends in giving in the Presbyterian Church in the U.S. (PCUSA) and the Reformed Church in America (RCA) from the 1860s until the 1980s. Luidens and Nemeth provide several charts and graphs as a means to understand patterns in giving. The authors conclude that per-member giving rose dramatically between the 1860s and the 1980s. Luidens and Nemeth speculate on the reasons that congregational costs increased and suggest that it is because compensation for pastors rose, the loss of volunteers required more staff, and expectations rose concerning qualifications of staff. The authors conclude their article by expressing the need for further analysis of their research.

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