WEB-EXCLUSIVE ARTICLE: 7 key thoughts about the decline in giving and your church

“Giving to religion is projected to decline in 2013!”


Good Steward: Perspectives on 2013


Church Executive’s Editorial Advisory Panel looks at the year ahead from the perspectives of their work and interests.


Online, on-site, in hand


By offering multiple giving options, churches take the hassle out of giving and pave the way for members to exercise greater generosity.


Post-2008 giving realities


People want to know more about where their charitable contribution is going.


Why your church’s revenue isn’t over the top


Some churches don’t have a clear vision and others don’t teach biblical stewardship.


Online giving spurs an upturn in a down economy

When Fellowship of the Parks Church in Keller, TX, provided online giving to their members


Time to build? Some churches have the vision, raise the funds


Is this the time for a church to be building? Jobs are being lost and families are rethinking their pledges to their church’s budget. Even as many are having difficulty with their own home mortgage much less be financing their church’s new home, one person in the building trades says the present time is “an incredible opportunity for the faith-based building sector.”


Cultivating ‘radical generosity’ in a crazy economy

Nestled in South Florida’s sun-drenched Fort Lauderdale area, Church by the Glades had two problems as it headed into the year 2008. One of the challenges was the kind of issue most pastors would love to face. The other problem was much less desirable.


How one church recovered from the brink of financial disaster

When Crossroads Christian Church in Corona, CA, accumulated $500,000 in debt — in addition to falling behind on their mortgage payments — financial ruin and foreclosure seemed imminent.


The altered landscape of giving has both good and bad news

People of faith are renowned for their charitable generosity. Amidst what economists are calling the “Great Recession,” giving to religion is the one subsector of charitable giving that grew in 2008. While charitable giving as a whole decreased from 2007 to 2008 by 2 percent (-5.7 percent when adjusted for inflation) and individual giving dropped 2.7 percent (-6.3 percent when adjusted for inflation) contributions to religion increased by 5.5 percent (+1.5 percent when adjusted for inflation).