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4 Apr. 2014 Posted by Denis Greene in Quick Stats

How Long Does the Average Visitor Stay on a Website?

In Quick Stats, Church Development takes a statistic and applies it to the current church world. Today’s blog covers how long the average visitor spends on a website and how much of it they read.

After detouring to chat about how the church should talk about the “Noah” movie, I’m back to this series on the value of your church website. I’ve already covered a lot of website theory (see here and here), but with smartphone and social media usage increasing all the time, people got curious as to how long the average person spends on a website before they leave.

The answer?

30 Apr. 2013 Posted by Denis Greene in Quick Stats

The Root of Unleashing Good in the World

By Billy Hathorn (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia CommonsChurch Development shows how, by the numbers, Scripture overwhelmingly promotes giving.

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.– John 3:16 (NKJV)

What would you say are the major themes of the Bible? Your list probably includes belief, prayer, and love. After all, the most famous Scripture there is—the one pastors dedicate whole sermons to, the one people are likeliest to know (unless you’re a kid being paid to memorize Bible verses at church, then it’s John 11:35: “Jesus wept”), the gospel in a nutshell—this famous Scripture begins with, “For God so loved the world…”

However, when we consider the next few words in John 3:16, another key theme becomes apparent:

25 Apr. 2013 Posted by Denis Greene in Quick Stats

Rise of the Non-Religious in the U.S. Debated

Church Development looks at the various definitions of irreligion in America.

Last year, we covered that Protestants lost the religious majority in the U.S. and how people view the church today. Recently, the Barna Group—a polling firm that covers statistical changes in religion—covered the rise of the nones (those claiming no religious affiliation) in the U.S.

While the Barna Group has received its share of criticisms over the years, Patheos released this graphic on how you can define post-Christian 15 different ways, which can widely swing the results from 4% to 89%:

7 Feb. 2013 Posted by Denis Greene in Quick Stats

Quick Stats: Those Likeliest to Tithe

In quick stats, Church Development takes a statistic and applies it to the current state of church giving. In today’s blog, we share those who are the most likely and the least likely to tithe.

Last time I shared that 80% of the U.S. gives less than 2% to charitable organizations. Although only 5% of the U.S. tithes, let’s look at the likeliest demographics to do so*:

5 Feb. 2013 Posted by Denis Greene in Quick Stats

Quick Stats: The 95% Who Don’t Tithe

In quick stats, Church Development takes a statistic and applies it to the current state of church giving. In today’s blog, we share a breakdown of what percentage of income the U.S. gives.

I’ve often mentioned the common Barna statistic that only 5% of the U.S. tithes. Well, what about the remaining 95%?

16 Oct. 2012 Posted by Denis Greene in Quick Stats

Quick Stats: Protestants Lose Religious Majority in U.S.

In quick stats, Church Development takes a statistic and applies to the current state of church giving. In today's blog, we look at a recent study on religious affiliation from the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life.

For the first time  ever, the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life reported that Protestants are no longer the majority in the U.S.  So... what does that mean?

First, let's look at some of the key numbers:

2 Oct. 2012 Posted by Denis Greene in Quick Stats

Study Finds the Middle Class Gives More to Charity Than the Rich

By marya from San Luis Obispo, USA (day in the life: lunch money) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia CommonsIn quick stats, Church Development takes a statistic and applies to the current state of church giving. In today's blog, we look at an August 2012 study on the percentage of charitable giving from various earning levels.

The Chronicle of Philanthropy released a recent study noting that, when it comes to percentage of discretionary income, the middle class give more to charity than the wealthy. According to IRS tax-deduction data:

30 Aug. 2012 Posted by Denis Greene in Quick Stats

On Tithing: What Can People Give?

Iquick stats, Church Development takes a statistic and applies to the current state of church giving. In today’s blog, we look at what the average churchgoer gives versus what they can potentially give.

Last week, I shared how only 5% of churchgoers tithe. While I noted that this is a disappointing reality, I also shared that this means there’s plenty of room to grow with the right approach.

In continuing this series on giving percentages, we’re going to look at what the average churchgoer actually gives. Although I’ve covered what different denominations give before—and what factors have swayed this—the average churchgoer gives 2%* of their income to nonprofits.

What’s interesting is that most have the ability to give more. The percentage the average churchgoer can give?

23 Aug. 2012 Posted by Denis Greene in Quick Stats

On Tithing: How Many Churchgoers Tithe?

http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File%3AShamed_Man.jpgIn quick stats, Church Development takes a statistic and applies to the current state of church giving. In today’s blog, we look at what percentage of the church tithes.

While I’ve said before that facts are friendly, sometimes they aren’t pretty. When it comes to what percentage of churchgoers tithe (or give at least 10% of their income to charity), the latter definitely applies.

The number?

12 Jul. 2012 Posted by Denis Greene in Quick Stats

Quick Stats: Barna Study Notes Economy’s Continued Affect on Charitable Giving

In quick stats, Church Development takes a statistic and applies to the current state of church giving. In today’s blog, we look at a recent Barna study that shows the economy’s continued impact on charitable giving.

It seems like the Barna Group (a Christian survey group) has done a study on the economy’s impact on Christians for several years running now. This shouldn’t be a surprise, as the economy is one of the biggest earthly shapers of financial giving.

I’ll let the numbers from a recent study speak for themselves:

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