Five Reasons for Decreased Church Giving

Episode #418
March 27, 2018
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Podcast Episode #418

Even though the economy has rebounded some churches still struggle financially—and some members struggle with giving faithfully. Today we cover the five reasons giving often decreases.

Some highlights from today’s episode include:

  • The healthiest church giving generation we know of was the builder generation. They are passing away, and their giving is not being replaced.
  • Giving goes down as attendance goes down.
  • Millennials give to organizations that are able to convey a distinct purpose and that follow through on that purpose.
  • Giving is a spiritual discipline and pastors shouldn’t avoid preaching on it.
  • You shouldn’t give on leftovers. You should give on the first fruits.

The five reasons we cover are:

  1. Lower attendance.
  2. Generational shifts.
  3. Giving to purposes rather than organizations.
  4. Little teaching on giving.
  5. Not as much discretionary income among churchgoers.

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