The Economic Outlook of Very Large Churches (PDF)

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.