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The Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the USA has released a new publication, “Twelve Facts About the Generosity of Our Church Members: Giving in US Orthodox Christian Parishes“, authored by Alexei Krindatch. The publication offers numerous insights into how Orthodox Church members contribute to their parishes and what parishes can do to increase the generosity and donations of their members.
The information was gathered from 421 Orthodox parish clergy and 2,988 lay church members representing all US Orthodox Churches participated in this study. The size of the sample (nearly 3,500 respondents total) and representation of various Orthodox jurisdictions and US geographic regions makes this study the largest survey‐based study of the Orthodox Christian Churches ever conducted in America.
The report is summarized by the following 12 Facts:
Fact 1. About the Difference Between What Orthodox Church Members Say They ʺBelieveʺ About Giving and How They Actually Give
Fact 2. About How ʺGenerousʺ Are US Orthodox Church Members
Fact 3. About the Religious Upbringing and Giving: The Difference between ʺCradleʺ Orthodox Christians and Converts to Orthodox Christianity
Fact 4. About the Age of Church Members and Giving: The Difference between ʺYoung Adult,ʺ ʺAdultʺ and ʺSeniorʺ Parishioners
Fact 5. About the Difference in Giving Between Higher and Lower Income Households
Fact 6. About the Personal Motives to Give to Church and About How Different Motives to Give Affect Actual Giving
Fact 7. About How Orthodox Parishes ʺTalkʺ About Money and How It Affects Giving of Church Members
Fact 8. About Trust in Church Leadership and How It Affects Giving of Church Members
Fact 9. About Advantages of the ʺAdvance‐Plannedʺ Church GivingFact 10. About One Efficient Tool that the Orthodox Churches Can Use to Assure ʺGuaranteedʺ and Predictable Contributions from Their Members
Fact 10. About One Efficient Tool that the Orthodox Churches Can Use to Assure ʺGuaranteedʺ and Predictable Contributions from Their Members
Fact 11. About the Most Efficient ʺTechniqueʺ of Encouraging Church Members to Give More
Fact 12. About Desirable Changes in Church Life That Would Make Church Members More ʺGenerousʺ in Their Giving
CLICK HERE to read the full report.
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