(PUBWestminster/John Knox)In-depth study of five denominations (Presbyterian, Roman Catholic, Evangelical Lutheran, Southern Baptist, Assemblies of God) based on findings from 625 churches. Important factors are isolated and analyzed, including tithing, pledging, income level, involvement in the local church, and more. 240 pages, softcover.
Money Matters presents the findings of the largest and most incisive study of factors influencing church giving in America. The authors conducted an exhaustive study of church giving in five representative denominations: Assemblies of God, Southern Baptist, Roman Catholic, ELCA, and Presbyterian. With detailed information from 625 churches, this book offers surprising conclusions about member contributions.
Dean R. Hoge is Professor of Sociology at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. He is the coauthor of Vanishing Boundaries: The Religion of Mainline Protestant Baby Boomers.
Charles Zech is Professor of Economics at Villanova University in Villanova, Pennsylvania. His books include Plain Talk About Churches and Money and The Parish Management Handbook.
Patrick McNamara was Professor of Sociology at the University of New Mexico from 1970-1998. He authored a number of books, including Called to Be Stewards: Bringing New Life to Catholic Parishes and More Than Money: Portraits of Transformative Stewardship.
Michael J. Donahue is an independent researcher and technical writer in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Many assumptions have been made about the level of and motivations for giving
in American churches. Few studies, however, have been done to test these
assumptions. The authors--church analyst Hoge, economic statistician Zech and
researchers McNamara and Donahue--have produced an insightful review of the
results of their study of personal giving patterns in American churches. They
surveyed evangelical and mainline Protestants and Catholics on their giving
habits, asking a variety of questions and correlating the answers in countless
ways to challenge some conventional wisdom. For example, neither anger toward
denominational policy nor membership in a large or a small churchmaterially
affects giving. Trust in local leadership appears to be a dominant reason that
people give well. Of particular interest is the authors' study of Catholic
giving patterns, the first of its kind. Pastors and lay leaders, and certainly
church executives, will find much to ponder as they seek to inspire the
faithful to give more generously. (Nov.)