The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Per capita giving down

In October, Illinos-based empty tomb inc. released its annual report showing a general downward trend in church-member giving through 2006.

“The total portion of per capita income given to churches in 2006 was lower than in the worst year of the Great Depression,” said John Ronsvalle, study co-author.

“It’s difficult to avoid the label of ‘lukewarm’ when analyzing the church’s level of response to Jesus’ Great Commandment and Great Commission.”

In contrast, Americans spent $310 million in first-day sales for the Grand Theft Auto IV video game.


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