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Practicing Christians more generous givers, research shows

PHILADELPHIA (BP) – As donations pour in on Giving Tuesday, a global outreach that drew an estimated $2.47 billion in 2020 in the U.S. alone, American Bible Society (ABS) research shows practicing Christians are more generous than others.

Georgia megachurch retires debt, quadruples Cooperative Program giving

VILLA RICA, Ga. – When Pastor Todd Wright arrives at his office each morning, he sees what only God could have built – a megachurch in a rural swath of Carroll County an hour west of Atlanta.

Mississippi church provides cryptocurrency as new giving option

ST. MARTIN, Miss. (BP) – Adam Bennett believes in what is tried and true – namely, the Gospel he preaches each week at Back Bay Church. However, the self-described tech nerd also believes in looking for new ways to advance that message. 

‘Ten Percent’ drives increase in giving at California church

MENIFEE, Calif. (BP) – Pastor Gregory Perkins wanted his congregation at The View Church to remember God in the midst of the distractions of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Will COVID-19 be the end of the church collection plate?

(RNS) — In the 1984 film “Mass Appeal,” Father Tim Farley, played by Jack Lemmon, gives a young, aspiring priest a lesson in church finances.

FIRST-PERSON: A call to biblical stewardship

NASHVILLE (BP) – Americans gave 3.02 percent of their income to the church in 1968. By 2017, it had declined to 2.13 percent. If this trend is not reversed, by 2050 it is projected to decline to 1.66 percent.

Worship God by tithing, Floyd says in free biblical stewardship resource

NASHVILLE (BP) – The financial offering is an exciting part of worship deserving preparation and exhortation on par with sermons, SBC Executive Committee President and CEO Ronnie Floyd believes.

Ezell: ‘Greatest Annie Offering ever’ despite steep decline

ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP) – On Monday (Oct. 5), the North American Mission Board (NAMB) announced the 2020 total for the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering (AAEO) for North American missions. Southern Baptists gave $49.3 million in a year when the COVID-19 pandemic created numerous challenges for churches across the nation.

Faith-based giving strong despite economic downturn

NASHVILLE (BP) -- The American economy may have recorded the largest contraction in its history over the past few months (a 32.9 percent reduction in GDP, to be exact). But charitable giving has remained strong even as the financial crisis has caused a great need for it.

Churches see success with online giving

MUNFORD, Ala. (BP) -- A barbecue restaurant, a fast food place or two and a department store are about all the town of Munford has, according to Reese Gill, student pastor at Munford Baptist Church. Before the COVID-19 pandemic, Gill and the other 250 or so people who attended Sunday morning worship services at Munford Baptist were accustomed to giving their tithes and offerings in physical form -- checks and paper bills.