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Church giving down more due to COVID-19 than during recession, survey shows

Apr 23, 2020

By Adelle M. Banks

Sixty-five percent of churches have seen a decline in giving since mid-March as congregations have halted in-person services due to the coronavirus, according to a new survey.

The “State of the Plate” survey released Wednesday (April 22) by the National Association of Evangelicals found that a third of churches — 34% — reported that giving had dropped between 10% and 20%. About 1 in 5 churches (22%) said the decline was between 30% and 50%. Almost a tenth of churches (9%) reported a drop of 75% or more in giving to their congregations.

Just 8% of churches said giving had increased, and 27% reported steady offerings.

The survey conducted between April 8 and April 20 of 1,091 mostly Protestant churches in the U.S. asked church leaders how COVID-19 shutdowns affected their church’s giving. The research involved participants such as Christianity Today’s Church Law & Tax and the NAE Financial Health initiative.

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One comment on “Church giving down more due to COVID-19 than during recession, survey shows”

  • The article doesn’t mention what, to me, seems obvious about the drop in tithes: many in the congregations have had their own incomes plummet to zero. Surely, that has to be a factor.

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