Horizons invited churches of all sizes and denominations to complete a survey identifying changes in their Jan-June 2022 giving and worship attendance compared to 2021.
The good is the percentage of churches with annual giving over $500,000 that reported increased giving grew from 43% in 2021 to 48% in the first half of 2022. The percentage reporting declining giving remained flat at 28%.
The bad is the percentage of churches under $500,000 in annual giving reported growing giving fell from 41% in 2021 to 37% and the percentage reporting declining giving grew from 41% to 44%.
The ugly is the percentage of churches with annual giving under $100,000 reported growing giving fell from 37% in 2021 to just 14%, and those reporting falling giving grew significantly from 31% to 49%.
The percentage of churches of all sizes reporting a decline in worship participation (in-person, online, on-demand) grew to 49% in 2022 compared to 43% in 2021.
Don't Lose Hope
Thriving churches are not necessarily working harder, but they are working smarter by focusing on those activities that create the greatest return.
I encourage you to download this easy-to-read report and see how your church compares with your size and geographic peers.
Then ask, "Are we working smarter or just harder?"
It might be time for a change.
Click on the image to download the file.