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Report: Giving to larger churches dropped last year, even as charitable donations rose

(RNS) – An annual report on giving to evangelical Christian nonprofits, including churches and other ministries, found that giving to the United States’ largest churches fell by more than 6.6 percent in 2021, despite a rise of 4 percent last year in charitable giving nationwide.

Giving Tuesday offers opportunity to support Gospel work of SBC entities

NASHVILLE (BP) – Whether it’s hunger relief projects, the seminary education of a future pastor or an ultrasound donated through the Ethics & Religious Liberty’s Psalm 139 Project, Southern Baptists have the opportunity to support the Great Commission work of Southern Baptist entities this Giving Tuesday (Nov. 29).

Churches adjust as talk of recession, inflation impacts ministry costs

NASHVILLE (BP) – The weekday preschool ministry at Englewood Baptist Church in Rocky Mount, N.C., feeds approximately 60 children a day, a number that doubles in the fall. Food costs have always been a part of such ministries, but it’s just one of several areas where inflation has commanded more attention.

FIRST-PERSON: Thy joy of giving

ROCHESTER, Minn. (BP) – As a kid, our family struggled financially, and as a result, I rarely got an allowance. But when I did, I was taught to give some of it back to the Lord.

Nickelodeon ‘Kid of the Year’ nominee wants to protect God’s creation

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (BP) – After learning his home town of Chattanooga is one of the most polluted cities in the world, 12-year-old Cash Daniels knew he had to do something.

Southern Baptists celebrate 100 years of partnership in Romania

This year, the Baptist Theological Institute (ITB), in Bucharest, Romania, celebrated 100 years of existence and partnership with Southern Baptists. From vision-casting to sending personnel, Southern Baptists have walked alongside Romanian Baptists. The plot of land the institute sits on and the buildings that house it were purchased with Southern Baptist money, some of which was raised by members of Woman’s Missionary Union (WMU) who sold eggs collected on Sunday mornings.

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.