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Church Attendees Have Less Time, Trust, and Money

Karl Vaters notes that most adults attending church today have less disposable income and are working longer hours, sometimes with multiple jobs, just to keep up with rising expenses. They can only attend church three times per month, rather than three times per week, and they are less likely to donate to a building campaign but will donate to help meet a need.

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Why this story matters for church leaders:

Time, trust, and resources are all shifting in today’s culture, and the churches that understand these shifts can thrive.

  • More Work and Less Resources: Families today are facing dramatically rising costs in many communities, while wages have not caught up. This means more families have both parents working or adding part time work to already full schedules.
  • Focusing on Effectiveness: Since most families have limited time to attend church and additional weekly activities, churches need to focus on getting the most out of the time that families spend together at church events.
  • Financial Planning: With dips to attendance and offerings, the churches that survive will communicate the impact of gifts, offer multiple ways to give, and maintain the trust of donors.

In what ways will your church adapt to these trends?

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