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Small churches feel squeeze

Smaller churches felt the squeeze, but larger ones fared relatively better in offerings in 2010 compared to 2009, says the State of the Plate survey released in March.

Only 12 percent of churches reported unchanged giving from 2009, while 43 percent of churches experienced a giving increase and 39 percent reported a decrease.

About 40 percent of churches with fewer than 249 attendees experienced a drop in giving.

Only 29 percent of megachurches, with an average weekend attendance of more than 2,000, reported a decrease in giving.

State of the Plate is a joint project of Colorado Springs, Colo.-based Maximum Generosity and Christianity Today International.


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