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  • Pastors see economic turnaround in 2018 giving

    by Aaron Earls, posted Wednesday, November 07, 2018 (9 days ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- The economic recovery appears to have reached the offering plate, according to a new study released today (Nov. 7).

    Today, 8 in 10 Protestant pastors (79 percent) say the total offerings at their church this year are at or above last year's levels, including 42 percent who say this year is ahead of last year. Few pastors (15 percent) say giving is not keeping pace with last year. This latest survey from LifeWay Research was conducted Aug. 29 to Sept. 11.

    Those positive giving numbers have followed the economic upturn, noted Scott McConnell, executive director of LifeWay Research. Read More

  • Study: Churches on solid ground as economy rebounds

    by Bob Smietana, posted Thursday, February 08, 2018 (9 months ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Church collection plates were a little bit fuller last fall, according to a new study released today (Feb. 8) by LifeWay Research.

    About 40 percent of Protestant pastors say their churches received more offerings in 2017 than in 2016. Three-quarters say their church met or exceeded budget. And only about a third say the economy gave their church trouble.

    Those are among the findings of a report from LifeWay Research, based on a survey of 1,000 Protestant senior pastors that was conducted Aug. 30-Sept. 18, ... Read More

  • Budget shortfalls hamper 3 in 10 churches surveyed

    by Bob Smietana, posted Thursday, March 10, 2016 (2 years ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- When it comes to finances, the new normal for many American churches seems to be "just getting by."

    A third of Protestant senior pastors say their church's giving was under budget in 2015, according to LifeWay Research.

    One in five saw their finances decline. Read More

  • Protestant churches show economic improvement

    by Jim Burton, posted Tuesday, November 04, 2014 (4 years ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- The nation's slow economic recovery from a deep recession is showing up in the offering plates of Protestant churches in the U.S., according to a recent survey by LifeWay Research. Read More