Church Members Gave $1.2 Billion Less in The Recession of 2010

Church Giving Declined in 2010 during recession

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Church Members Gave $1.2 Billions Less in Recession of 2010

According to the 2012 Yearbook of American & Canadian Churches, the almost $29 billion contributed by church members represented a 2.2 percent decrease in terms of per capita giving.
The $1.2 billion decline in 2010 was nearly three times as large as the $431 million in losses reported in 2009, and “provides clear evidence of the impact of the deepening crises in the reporting period,” the Yearbook’s editor, the Rev. Eileen Lindner, wrote.

 

The 10 largest U.S. Christian bodies reported in the 2012 yearbook are:
  1. The Catholic Church: 68.2 million, down 0.44 percent.
  2. Southern Baptist Convention: 16.1 million, down 0.15 percent.
  3. The United Methodist Church: 7.7 million, down 1.22 percent.
  4. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints: 6.2 million, up 1.62 percent.
  5. The Church of God in Christ: 5.5 million, no membership updates reported.
  6. National Baptist Convention, USA: 5.2 million, up 3.95 percent.
  7. Evangelical Lutheran Church in America: 4.3 million, down 5.9 percent.
  8. National Baptist Convention of America, 3.5 million, no membership updates reported.
  9. Assemblies of God: 3.03 million, up 3.99 percent.
  10. 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.

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