The Economic Outlook of Very Large Churches (PDF)
By Warren Bird published on February 19, 2013
Trends Driving the Budgets and Staffing Activities of North America's Biggest Congregations
What percentage of a church’s budget goes to ministry beyond its walls? How does that change with church size and other variables, especially debt? It turns out that a majority of large churches spent at least 10% of their budget beyond themselves.
These and other findings are highlighted in Leadership Network’s most recent economic outlook and salary surveys, titled The Economic Outlook of Very Large Churches: Trends Driving the Budgets and Staffing Activities of North America’s Biggest Congregations.
The two surveys of more than 700 large churches also reveal that while 50% of churches were negatively impacted by the economic downturn, most have met or exceeded budget projections and have seen financial giving increase.
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