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Saturday, September 25, 2010

This will be a rough ride

Samuel Freedman wrote a chilling article today about what's happening with church finances across the board. What he discovered was research by 3 professors at the University of Indiana and Purdue that found that Baby Boomers contribute 10% less to religious bodies than their parents did. They track it back to a cohort skepticism about institutional religion and a self-constructed personal sense of spirituality. "Because people aren't as involved, the giving pattern traces it." It's more than about money, but money will dictate a lot of what the church can and cannot do. I'd like to see more writing on this for us pastors in the trenches.

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