The State of Church Giving through 1991

Citation: 
Ronsvalle, John L., and Sylvia Ronsvalle. The State of Church Giving through 1991. Champaign, IL: the empty tomb, inc., 1993.
Abstract: 

This volume, part of "The State of Church Giving" series, analyzes giving trends in Protestant churches in the United States, based mainly on data collected and reported by 31 denominations, from 1968 through 1991. Four major findings emphasized by the authors are: Giving as a percentage of income was higher in 1968 than in 1991 for these denominations. Giving to benevolences, as a percentage of income, declined for the sixth year in a row. In 1991, for the first time since 1970, per member gifts in constant 1987 dollars declined in all three categories -- total contributions, congregational finances, and benevolences. Giving to benevolence, as a percentage of income, continued to decline at a faster rate than giving to support local congregational expenses. An analysis of a subset of 11 denominations for which data was available from 1921 through 1991 found that per member giving as a percentage of income was lower in 1991 than it was in 1921 and lower than it was in 1933. (SM)

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