While this is not reflective of our readers, it is statistically true of churchgoers in our country: The church of today is not great at giving to their churches. This isn’t exactly news. But it is a fact that tithers make up only 10-25 percent of a normal congregation.
Only five percent of the US tithes, with 80 percent of Americans only giving two percent of their income. Christians are only giving at 2.5 percent per capita, while during the Great Depression they gave at a 3.3 percent rate.
Numbers like that can invoke a lot of guilt, which isn’t really the point. The larger point is … what could happen if believers were to increase their giving to a minimum of, let’s say, 10 percent? There would be an additional $165 billion for churches to use and distribute. The global impact would be phenomenal.
Here are just a few things the Church could do with the kind of money.
- $25 billion could relieve global hunger, starvation and deaths from preventable diseases in five years.
- $12 billion could eliminate illiteracy in five years.
- $15 billion could solve the world’s water and sanitation issues, specifically at places in the world where 1 billion people live on less than $1 per day.
- $1 billion could fully fund all overseas mission work.
- $100 – $110 billion would still be left over for additional ministry expansion.