American church members contributed nearly $30 billion to 65 Protestant denominations in 2000, according to a new report by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States. The 2002 edition of the Yearbook of American & Canadian Churches examines membership and financial data from Christian denominations in both countries. Most of the churches provided data for fiscal 2000.
The $30 billion collected that year represents a $2.5 billion increase, a gain of 9 percent from 1999 when a similar group of 62 denominations reported gifts.
Each American church member gave an average of $599 in 2000, up from $549 in 1999. Of the 2000 total, each person gave an average of $110, up from $85, to help the needy, whether in the region where the church is located, around the country, or abroad.