Counting Generosity – Sobering Statistics

These statistics are from Mark Driscoll’s: Doctrine; What Christians Should Believe pgs 396-97. They are fairly shocking when you consider passages like Luke 12:33; John 3:16; Acts 4:32-37; Romans 5:8; 2 Cor. 8:9.

  • More than one in four American Protestants give away $0.
  • From 1968 to 2005, giving to Protestant churches declined from 3.1 percent of income to 2.6 percent of income.
  • The average regular churchgoer, compared to those who say they are Christians but rarely attend church, gives 6 percent of their after-tax income.
  • The median annual giving for a Christian is $200-just over half a percent of after-tax income.
  • Mormons give more than 7 times the amount of money as a percentage of income than do Catholics.
  • About 27 percent of evangelicals give away 10 percent or more of their income.
  • About 5 percent of Christians provide 60 percent of the money to churches and religious groups.
  • 20 percent of all Christians account for 86 percent of all giving.
  • Among protestants, 10 percent of evangelicals, 28 percent of mainline folk, 33 percent of fundamentalists, and 40 percent of liberal Protestants give nothing.

If our treasure reveals the priority of our hearts (Matt. 6:11), then what do these statistics reveal about the hearts about many professing Christians?


About brentprentice

Brent is the lead pastor and one of the Elders at Eagle Heights in Stillwater, Oklahoma. He has been married to Lacey for 14 years and together they love two sons, Luke and Elijah, and a daughter, Bella.

Posted on January 24, 2012, in Money. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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