Re­port: Church mem­ber giv­ing near 40-year low

South Florida Times - - PRAYERFUL LIVING - Re­li­gion News Ser­vice

A new book shows church mem­ber giv­ing as a per­cent of in­come in 2015 re­mained near the low­est lev­els in the 1968-2015 pe­riod.

Al­though a slight in­crease was mea­sured from 2014 to 2015, the por­tions of in­come given to churches in 2014 and 2015 were among the low­est over four decades.

Mean­while, 40 coun­tries were not on tar­get as of 2015 to meet global goals to re­duce their un­der-age­five mor­tal­ity rates.

Lower giv­ing lev­els by mem­bers limit their churches’ po­ten­tial to pro­vide needed as­sis­tance to these 40 coun­tries, us­ing the wide­spread dis­tri­bu­tion sys­tems al­ready in place through de­nom­i­na­tional church struc­tures.

These find­ings are pre­sented in the ‘empty tomb, inc.’ book, “The State of Church Giv­ing through 2015: Un­der­stand­ing the Times.” It is the 27th in an an­nual se­ries.

Pre­sent­ing analy­ses of 2015 data, the lat­est avail­able, the book is sched­uled for re­lease to­day, Oc­to­ber 12.

The new re­port sug­gests the po­ten­tial for churches to pro­vide lead­er­ship on ad­dress­ing global need re­mains great.

In an anal­y­sis of the U.S. Bureau of La­bor Sta­tis­tics 2015 Con­sumer Ex­pen­di­ture Sur­vey, empty tomb found that Amer­i­cans re­ported giv­ing 71% of their do­na­tions to “church, re­li­gious or­ga­ni­za­tions.”

Fur­ther, cit­ing re­search from an­other source, the re­port notes 70% of the U.S. pop­u­la­tion still iden­ti­fies as Chris­tian, whether or not they are church mem­bers.

Ta­bles in the new re­port present an anal­y­sis by empty tomb of UNICEF and World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion 2015 data for coun­tries work­ing to re­duce their un­der-age­five mor­tal­ity rates, in keep­ing with the 2000-2015 Mil­len­nium Devel­op­ment Goals.

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