Sunday, 29 November -0001 19:00

$30 Billion Contributed to Protestant Churches in 2000

Written by Rev. H.A. Bergsma
American church members contributed nearly $30 billion to 65 Protestant denominations in 2000, according to a news report by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States. The 2002 edition of the Yearbook of American & Canadian Churches examines membership and financial data from Christian denominations in both countries. Most of the churches provided data for fiscal 2000. The $30 billion collected that year represents a $2.5 billion increase, a gain of 9 percent from 1999 when a similar group of 62 denominations reported gifts. The latest report says that the difference in the number of churches reporting financial data accounts for some of the increase, but it gives most credit for the rise to the strength of the U.S. economy in 2000. Each American church member gave an average of $599 in 2000, up from $549 in 1999. Of the 2000 total, each person gave an average of $110, up from $85, to help the needy, whether in the region where the church is located, around the country, or abroad. (From Religion Today)

I wonder how much of this $30 billion has actually gone to help the needy.

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