Relationship of Parish Characteristics to Sunday Giving Among Catholics in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati

Citation: 
Rexhausen, Jeff and Michael Cieslak. "Relationship of Parish Characteristics to Sunday Giving Among Catholics in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati." Review of Religious Research, 36, no. 2 (December 1994): 218-229.
Abstract: 

Rexhausen and Cieslak present descriptive statistics on household Sunday giving for the 247 parishes of the Cincinnati Archdiocese. Regression analysis was used to determine the best predictors of Sunday giving for each of four parish geographic types: large city, suburban, small city, and rural. They found that participation (number of attendees divided by the number of registered households) significantly affects the regression equations of all four geographic types of parishes and thus is the most important predictor of giving. The data also indicate that the number of registered households is important among churches in small cities and rural areas, where members of smaller parishes probably have greater knowledge of congregational needs and a greater sense of responsibility for parish welfare. The researchers also conclude that parish participation in a planned giving program made a significant difference in the giving levels in three of the four categories of parishes, suburban parishes being the exception. (SM)

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