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Most U.S. congregations saw increases in either participation or giving

By Ken Sloane

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More U.S. congregations saw increases in participation and giving than experienced declines, a new study from Lake Institute on Faith & Giving at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at IUPUI finds.

Although fewer Americans are claiming a religious affiliation and the percentage of individuals who are members of a congregation is declining, these findings only tell part of the story. The National Study of Congregations’ Economic Practices focuses on congregations rather than individuals and reveals that while some congregations are declining in size and revenue, many continue to grow.

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Ken Sloane is the Director of Stewardship & Generosity for Discipleship Ministries of The United Methodist Church.

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