Churches see decline in giving since March

Giving has dropped in 65% of evangelical churches since March, according to a new “State of the Plate” survey released April 22 by the National Association of Evangelicals.

The survey found that a third of churches — 34% — reported a drop in giving of 10–20%. About 1 in 5 churches (22%) said the decline was between 30% and 50%. Almost a tenth of churches (9%) reported a drop of 75% or more in giving to their congregations.

Just 8% of churches said giving had increased, and 27% reported steady offerings.

The survey of 1,091 mostly Protestant churches in the U.S. was conducted April 8–20 and asked church leaders how COVID-19-related shutdowns had affected their church’s giving.