American Congregational Giving Study, Congregational Profiles, 1993

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TITHE (Weighted by WEIGHT)

What is your congregation's emphasis with regard to the biblical standard of tithing (i.e., at least 10% of income)? (Check one.)
  1) The tithe belongs to God and is due God. In addition Christians should give offerings as they are able
  2) The tithe is an ideal to be striven for by all Christians, but it is not obligatory
  3) Giving a proportion of one's income, not tithing, is emphasized
  4) Proportionate giving is not emphasized.

Category Frequency Percentage Cumulative Percentage
The tithe belongs to God and is due God. In addition Christians should give offerings as they are able 250 40.3% 40.3%
The tithe is an ideal to be striven for by all Christians, but it is not obligatory 116 18.7% 59%
Giving a proportion of one's income, not tithing, is emphasized 203 32.7% 91.7%
Proportionate giving is not emphasized. 51 8.2% 99.9%
Missing 5 % %

Variable Comparisons

Religious preference (I-DENOM)

Assemblies of God Southern Baptist Catholic ELCA Presbyterian (U.S.A.) TOTAL
The tithe belongs to God and is due God. In addition Christians should give offerings as they are able 98.4%
123
80.8%
101
4.8%
6
2.5%
3
14.6%
18
40.5%
251
The tithe is an ideal to be striven for by all Christians, but it is not obligatory 1.6%
2
9.6%
12
16.9%
21
34.4%
42
31.7%
39
18.7%
116
Giving a proportion of one's income, not tithing, is emphasized 0.0%
0
7.2%
9
58.1%
72
57.4%
70
41.5%
51
32.6%
202
Proportionate giving is not emphasized. 0.0%
0
2.4%
3
20.2%
25
5.7%
7
12.2%
15
8.1%
50
Missing 0 0 0 4 1 5
TOTAL 100.0%
125
100.0%
125
100.0%
124
100.0%
122
100.0%
123

619


Region (I-REGION)

Northeast Midwest South West Missing TOTAL
The tithe belongs to God and is due God. In addition Christians should give offerings as they are able 19.8%
20
27.3%
51
57.7%
143
41.5%
34

2
40.1%
248
The tithe is an ideal to be striven for by all Christians, but it is not obligatory 21.8%
22
22.5%
42
14.1%
35
22.0%
18

0
18.9%
117
Giving a proportion of one's income, not tithing, is emphasized 42.6%
43
36.9%
69
25.4%
63
32.9%
27

0
32.7%
202
Proportionate giving is not emphasized. 15.8%
16
13.4%
25
2.8%
7
3.7%
3

0
8.3%
51
Missing 3 1 1 1 0 6
TOTAL 100.0%
101
100.0%
187
100.0%
248
100.0%
82

2

618


Year founded (I-YEAREST)

1770-1865 1866-1918 1919-1945 1946-1965 1966 & later Missing TOTAL
The tithe belongs to God and is due God. In addition Christians should give offerings as they are able 25.7%
28
18.3%
30
62.9%
56
43.7%
59
64.2%
77

1
40.5%
250
The tithe is an ideal to be striven for by all Christians, but it is not obligatory 26.6%
29
25.6%
42
11.2%
10
14.1%
19
12.5%
15

1
18.6%
115
Giving a proportion of one's income, not tithing, is emphasized 36.7%
40
43.3%
71
19.1%
17
37.0%
50
19.2%
23

1
32.6%
201
Proportionate giving is not emphasized. 11.0%
12
12.8%
21
6.7%
6
5.2%
7
4.2%
5

0
8.3%
51
Missing 1 3 0 0 1 0 5
TOTAL 100.0%
109
100.0%
164
100.0%
89
100.0%
135
100.0%
120

3

617


Church membership (I-#MEMBERS)

100 & less 101-200 201-500 501-1000 Over 1000 Missing TOTAL
The tithe belongs to God and is due God. In addition Christians should give offerings as they are able 55.3%
63
46.8%
72
39.8%
68
36.2%
25
14.3%
15

7
39.6%
243
The tithe is an ideal to be striven for by all Christians, but it is not obligatory 10.5%
12
26.0%
40
22.8%
39
14.5%
10
14.3%
15

0
18.9%
116
Giving a proportion of one's income, not tithing, is emphasized 27.2%
31
20.8%
32
30.4%
52
43.5%
30
55.2%
58

0
33.1%
203
Proportionate giving is not emphasized. 7.0%
8
6.5%
10
7.0%
12
5.8%
4
16.2%
17

0
8.3%
51
Missing 4 0 1 1 0 0 6
TOTAL 100.0%
114
100.0%
154
100.0%
171
100.0%
69
100.0%
105

7

613


(I-#ATTEND)

100 & less 101-200 201-350 Over 350 Missing TOTAL
The tithe belongs to God and is due God. In addition Christians should give offerings as they are able 49.2%
125
44.5%
65
43.1%
31
21.3%
29

2
41.1%
250
The tithe is an ideal to be striven for by all Christians, but it is not obligatory 18.9%
48
21.9%
32
18.1%
13
14.7%
20

3
18.6%
113
Giving a proportion of one's income, not tithing, is emphasized 24.4%
62
28.1%
41
34.7%
25
48.5%
66

9
31.9%
194
Proportionate giving is not emphasized. 7.5%
19
5.5%
8
4.2%
3
15.4%
21

0
8.4%
51
Missing 4 0 1 1 0 6
TOTAL 100.0%
254
100.0%
146
100.0%
72
100.0%
136

14

608


Place of residence (I-LOCATION)

LgCty/Sub MdCty/Sub Small city Town Rural Missing TOTAL
The tithe belongs to God and is due God. In addition Christians should give offerings as they are able 41.9%
75
39.3%
35
45.5%
46
31.3%
50
49.4%
44

0
40.5%
250
The tithe is an ideal to be striven for by all Christians, but it is not obligatory 20.1%
36
14.6%
13
20.8%
21
16.3%
26
21.3%
19

0
18.6%
115
Giving a proportion of one's income, not tithing, is emphasized 30.7%
55
43.8%
39
28.7%
29
36.9%
59
22.5%
20

1
32.7%
202
Proportionate giving is not emphasized. 7.3%
13
2.2%
2
5.0%
5
15.6%
25
6.7%
6

0
8.3%
51
Missing 3 1 0 1 0 0 5
TOTAL 100.0%
179
100.0%
89
100.0%
101
100.0%
160
100.0%
89

1

618