The State of Church Giving through 2010

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Who’s in Charge Here? A Case for a Positive Agenda for Affluence

22nd Edition, October 2012

Topics include:

  • An analysis of church giving patterns in the U.S. updated through 2010, based on aggregated congregational reports.
  • An original survey of denominations’ overseas missions income, 2003–2010.
  • 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 2010, cash contributions to charitable causes.
  • A discussion of Matthew 6:24: the implications for church leaders and members of the choice between God and Money, and an exploration of a positive agenda for affluence.


  1. Church Member Giving, 1968–2010
  2. Church Member Giving for 41 Denominations, 2009 to 2010
  3. Church Member Giving in Denominations Defined by Organizational Affiliation, 1968, 1985, and 2010
  4. Church member Giving and Membership in 11 Denominations, 1921–2010
  5. Church Member Giving and Membership Trends Based on 1968–2010 Data
  6. The Potential of the Church
  7. Why and How Do Americans Give?
  8. Who’s in Charge Here? A Case for a Positive Agenda for Affluence

ISBN 978-0-9843665-2-1

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