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Can Congregations Provide Enough Social Service?

In 1998 the average church had $1,000 in savings and just 11 percent had a one-year financial cushion. Between 1965 and 1994, the percentage of Americans regularly attending worship dropped from 40 percent to 25 percent. A decade ago the median church congregations spent about 3 percent of annual budget, or $1,200 in direct support of social service program. These and other findings explain why U.S. congregations provide low levels of social service ministry. Theologian Mark Chaves explores the financial issues faced by religious congregations in  a chapter of the book, The State of Nonprofit America (Brookings Institution Press).

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