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May 14, 2013

Church Giving: Up, Down, or Flat?

More than 2,000 church leaders weigh in on church income, tithing practices.

Each year for the past five years, Christianity Today has surveyed church leaders to see which direction the trend line is moving for church giving: up, down, or staying flat. In this year's State of the Plate survey, which we conducted with Brian Kluth of MAXIMUM Generosity, ECFA, and ECCU, the majority of churches reported that giving had increased in 2012. At nearly the midpoint in 2013, what are you seeing for church giving so far this year? Is income up, down, or flat?


For an in-depth look at the results of the 2013 State of the Plate, featuring responses from more than 2,000 church leaders nationwide, check out the new, comprehensive executive summary, 20 Truths about Tithers.

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Overall our giving is down. For most of our donors giving is even or up a little, but for the very high and very low givers it is down. We have a few major donors who in past years had contributed by now but haven't yet this year. Our guess is they are watching the stock market rise and are waiting. We don't know why those on the low end of the spectrum are giving less.

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