This paper uses data from the 2016 National Church Life Survey to examine financial giving practices in Australian churches.
Financial giving matters to local churches and denominations and is also of interest to researchers. The 2016 National Church Life Survey included a range of questions on the following topics:
Major findings include: half of churches had a stable financial base; the most commonly nominated main source of income for churches was offerings from attenders; and acceptance of offerings via direct debit has been growing, with eight in 10 churches doing so in 2016.
Carol Gan, Michelle Cartwright, Miriam Pepper, Paul Oslington, Nicole Hancock and Ruth Powell.
Data is drawn from the 2016 National Church Life Survey by NCLS Research.
Gan, C., Cartwright, M., Oslington, P., Hancock, N. & Powell, R. (2018). Faith and finances: practices and attitudes in Australian churches. NCLS Research Occasional Paper 37. Sydney: NCLS Research.
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