Jump to Navigation

Resources

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).

Search

News

News

75th Anniversary of Warsaw Ghetto Uprising April 19, 1943

"April 19 is deeply embedded within my personal memory bank. On that date 75 years ago, in 1943, I was a youngster...

Strengthening Churches and Congregations

New book, Divergent Church from Tim Shapiro and Kara Faris featured by Center for Congregations.   New...

A No News Day

"Imagine you had a very special time machine: one that could take you back to any April 18 in all of history. When and...

Calendar

Sat, Apr 28, 2018 - 09:00 am
"Worship as Journey: A Day of Learning and Renewal" is a conference for everyone interested in worship and music on Saturday, April 28...

Popular Tools

Review rank-ordered data on religion in the U.S. and around the world. Includes the latest data from the Religious Congregations & Membership Study, 2010

 

Widget provided by: