A Special Three-Part Series with Church Growth Services – Episode #3 – Churches Are Getting Less of Total Charitable Giving Every Year—What’s Going On?: An Interview with Mike Stadelmayer

Episode #SP021
August 4, 2023
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Charitable giving is up—a near record of $485 billion in 2021, despite surging inflation. However, giving to churches has dropped even though giving to non-profits is up by 4%. In the early 1980s, churches received over half of all charitable giving. Today, churches receive less than a third of all charitable giving. Mike Stadelmayer joins Sam to discuss what’s going on with these trends.

    • Why do churches receive less of total charitable giving each year? What are pastors missing?
    • How can a generosity campaign inspire your people to get excited about giving to the church?
    • What is the generational impact on generosity trends in the church?
    • What do you expect in the near future with church giving trends?
    • How can churches prepare for long-term health in the area of generosity?


Episode Sponsor:

Church Answers and CGS discuss Generosity Trends in the local church.  This discussion includes topics such as:

    • How inflation touches the budgets of churches directly in the form of increased costs and indirectly by reducing parishioner’s resources available for charitable giving.
    • Generally, churches rely on a small pool of very generous key donors.
    • That for many smaller to midsize congregations, the financial load is increasingly being carried by the senior age cohorts.
    • Although overall charitable giving is up, giving to churches has dropped. It is estimated that 59% of churches have declining or flat line giving.

CGS offers an e-book “Five Generosity Megatrends…Long-term Challenges Need Long-Term Solutions.”  It not only identifies the megatrends facing churches today but provides solutions to help you start reversing them.

To learn more about how Church Growth Services can help you grow generosity in your church, visit www.churchgrowthservices.com or call 1.800.234.9853.