Church Members Gave $1.2 Billion Less in The Recession of 2010
Church Members Gave $1.2 Billions Less in Recession of 2010
- The Catholic Church: 68.2 million, down 0.44 percent.
- Southern Baptist Convention: 16.1 million, down 0.15 percent.
- The United Methodist Church: 7.7 million, down 1.22 percent.
- The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints: 6.2 million, up 1.62 percent.
- The Church of God in Christ: 5.5 million, no membership updates reported.
- National Baptist Convention, USA: 5.2 million, up 3.95 percent.
- Evangelical Lutheran Church in America: 4.3 million, down 5.9 percent.
- National Baptist Convention of America, 3.5 million, no membership updates reported.
- Assemblies of God: 3.03 million, up 3.99 percent.
- Presbyterian Church (USA): 2.7 million, down 3.42 percent.
We don’t believe the recession is the sole reason for the decline in church giving. In the case of the Catholic church and the Church of God of Christ church, there have been mounting sexual cases exposed in recent years that have probably caused people to stop giving to the church.