Would you like to know why giving at your church is in decline and more importantly what you can do about it? How can I know the reasons for a decline in giving at your church? I admit that I am making a huge assumption. First I am assuming that giving is in decline. If yours is not that is great but how do you keep that trend going?
The reason I assume your church giving is in decline is first, you are reading this. The headline sparked interest enough for you to read this post. However the major reason I know giving in your church is in decline is that for most churches in America this is true. Giving to the church since 1968 has declined from 3.11% of Americans incomes to 2.3%. While that might not seem like a lot it represents billions of dollars a year. So, if you are the typical church your giving is showing signs of decline or is indeed in decline.
The question is why? Let me list the major reasons for the decline in church giving. Giving to the Church is in decline due to…
The Secularization of America – Currently those expressing no religious affiliation now surpass the percentage who say they are Catholics as the second major religious group in America. Only Evangelicals have a greater percentage and that is shrinking fast.
The lack of trust in the institution of the Church – Recently a Gallup poll showed that Americans now rank the Church at fourth among trusted institutions. We used to be first. This lack of trust is a major cause of giving’s decline.
Fewer attend church on a weekly basis – If you were to chart the decline of giving and match it to attendance the two charts would look similar. Giving is declining due to the fact that so many have left the Church or now view it as irrelevant.
The demographic shift of America – We are now more ethnic and younger than before. This means that the generation that built our churches has moved off the stage. America’s largest group of donors, Baby Boomers, are nearing or entering retirement. Those of ethnic origin and younger years are less prone to attend a church and thus give to a church.
The failure to adjust to the technological revolution – We have become a checkless and cashless society. Yet every Sunday we pass an offering plate or bucket by people and wonder why they are not filled. Who carries a check book around with them? Our systems for collecting money are outdated.
The big question is what can you do about this? Here are some key thoughts…
Recognize that we have a problem. Get your head out of the sand and realize that unless you do something you will not be able to fully fund all the missions and ministry you desire to do.
Change the conversation! We need to stop apologizing for asking for money to fuel the life changing ministries we do. We need to connect our mission to the gifts that are given. Let’s stop guilting people into giving and create a desire in them to WANT to give.
Get a plan and work your plan! You have plans for everything under the sun so why not a giving plan? Those that fail to have a plan for giving are planning on failing!
Need a giving plan? I have one for you! Using my plans churches have seen their giving increase by as much as 32%. I can help you increase your giving and it will only cost you $1 a day!
Try my plan for 14 days for only $1! Sign up now at http://giving365.com/2015/06/15/giving-365-introductory-special-14-days-for-1-00/
My life goal is to reverse the decline in giving one church at a time starting with your church!
Mark Brooks – The Stewardship Coach