State of the Church Giving through 2012

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What are Christian Seminaries and Intellectuals Thinking – Or are they?

24th Edition, October 2014

Topics Include:

  • An analysis of church giving patterns in the U.S. updated through 2012, based on aggregated congregational reports.
  • An original survey of denominational overseas missions income, 2003-2012.
  • An updated review of giving potential of church members in the U.S., including all church members, and for various church populations.
  • An analysis of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Consumer Expenditure Survey 2012, cash contributions to charitable causes.
  • A discussion of the need for a categorical shift in the way the church in the U.S. understands money. Five realities missed by Christian seminaries and intellectuals are explored: 1) The potential of the church; 2) Pastors are preaching to congregations filled with not the poor but the rich; 3) Money is a spiritual power; 4) Bigness and the illusion of powerlessness; 5) Seminaries and intellectuals must lead.


  1. Church Member Giving, 1968–2012
  2. Church Member Giving for 41 Denominations, 2011 to 2012
  3. Church Member Giving in Denominations Defined by Organizational     Affiliation, 1968, 1985, and 2012
  4. Church Member Giving and Membership in 11 Denominations, 1921–2012
  5. Church Member Giving and Membership Trends Based on 1968–2012 Data
  6. The Potential of the Church
  7. Why and How Do Americans Give?
  8. What Are Christian Seminaries and Intellectuals Thinking — Or Are They?

ISBN 978-0-9843665-4-5

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