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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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Children's Faith, Doubt and Silence

During a three-year longitudinal study launched by the Fuller Youth Institute, a parent with three post–high school...

Sermons For Those Struggling with Depression

On Sunday, before worshippers at Washington's National Cathedral, Michael Gerson, Washington Post columnist, delivered...

Lilly Endowment Launchs the Seventh Phase of its Giving Indiana Funds

"Last fall, Lilly Endowment launched the seventh phase of its Giving Indiana Funds for Tomorrow initiative (GIFT VII),...

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