Why Giving Goes Down When Attendance Goes Up

Episode #527
April 12, 2019
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It sounds paradoxical, but some churches will see overall growth in attendance while their giving decreases. How is this possible? Today we explain.

Some highlights from today’s episode include:

  • Giving typically mimics the flow of church attendance, but you shouldn’t be alarmed in the short term if the two are asynchronous.
  • It takes time for new Christians to understand and practice the spiritual disciplines of giving and biblical stewardship.
  • Job relocations or deaths of members who are strong givers are something a church cannot control but often has to deal with.
  • The offertory time gives you a weekly opportunity to highlight stewardship principles in the church.

The seven reasons for giving dips that we discuss are:

  1. Happens in about 25% of churches with attendance increases
  2. The “up and down” period lasts 1 – 2 years
  3. New Christians
  4. Younger families
  5. Exit of stable givers
  6. Stewardship emphasis declines
  7. Decline in percentage of attendance in groups

Resources mentioned in today’s podcast

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