Item description for Money Matters by Dean R. Hoge, Michael J. Donahue & Charles E. Zech...
Overview Presenting the findings of the largest and most incisive study of factors influencing church giving in America ever done, this book details information from 625 churches and their members and offers surprising conclusions about member contributions. Also provided is an in-depth exploration, with relevant case studies, of 12 successfully funded churches.
"Money Matters" presents the findings of the largest and most incisive study of factors influencing church giving in America. The authors conducted an exhaustive study of church giving in five representative denominations: Assemblies of God, Southern Baptist, Roman Catholic, ELCA, and Presbyterian. With detailed information from 625 churches, this book offers surprising conclusions about member contributions.
From Publishers Weekly Many assumptions have been made about the level of and motivations for giving
in American churches. Few studies, however, have been done to test these
assumptions. The authors--church analyst Hoge, economic statistician Zech and
researchers McNamara and Donahue--have produced an insightful review of the
results of their study of personal giving patterns in American churches. They
surveyed evangelical and mainline Protestants and Catholics on their giving
habits, asking a variety of questions and correlating the answers in countless
ways to challenge some conventional wisdom. For example, neither anger toward
denominational policy nor membership in a large or a small churchmaterially
affects giving. Trust in local leadership appears to be a dominant reason that
people give well. Of particular interest is the authors' study of Catholic
giving patterns, the first of its kind. Pastors and lay leaders, and certainly
church executives, will find much to ponder as they seek to inspire the
faithful to give more generously. (Nov.)
Citations And Professional Reviews Money Matters by Dean R. Hoge, Michael J. Donahue & Charles E. Zech has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Publishers Weekly - 10/14/1996 page 77
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Studio: Westminster John Knox Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.99" Width: 6.03" Height: 0.81" Weight: 0.93 lbs.
Release Date Nov 1, 1996
Publisher Westminster John Knox Press
ISBN 0664256872 ISBN13 9780664256876
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More About Dean R. Hoge, Michael J. Donahue & Charles E. Zech
Dean R. Hoge, PhD, was a sociology professor at Catholic University who, over his storied career, helped write many influential studies of religion in America. Marti R. Jewell, DMin, was the director of the Emerging Models Project from 2003 to 2009. She is now on the faculty of the School of Ministry at the University of Dallas.
Reviews - What do customers think about Money Matters?
Great for Administration, Thin for Normal Use Sep 25, 2002
This book would get 5 stars for administrators (ministers, finance, church leaders), but only 4 stars for the average user. There is very good data taken across different denominations. Some of the analysis is very interesting -- I just wish there was more of it. Still, this should be in every church library for all to read.