*Are churches spending more on themselves than on the needs of those outside the church?
According to a new report they are, with churches keeping a larger share of their tithe-generated income for their own in-house needs, says the Christian Post.
In a report, titled “The State of Church Giving Through 2009,” released Friday by Empty Tomb inc., a Christian service and research organization, authors found that “benevolences” – or funds used for giving outside the church including giving to charities and seminary training – hit new lows compared to their first report in 1968.
Understandably, with the tithing amount greatly reduced over the past few years because of a bad economy, a drop in benevolences was only normal.
The report, which used data from evangelical and mainline churches including Lutheran, Presbyterians and Episcopalian churches, in fact revealed that tithing as a percentage of income was at its lowest level in 41 years, Religion News Service noted.
Parishioners were only giving about 2.38 percent of their income to the church in 2009, down from 2.43 percent in 2008 – shockingly low percentages.
Read the full story at The Christian Post.
*Could you imagine getting your kids up one morning, setting their breakfast in front of them and turning on the TV only to find the worst television catastrophe since 1969–the Public Broadcasting System or PBS had been dismantled.
There would be no more Sesame Street, Word World, Electric Company (old or new), and Clifford the Big Red Dog would have taken his last stroll. (more…)
*According to a new report from The Media Audit, African-American adults spend much more time consuming media from the Internet than any other adult group.
The study of more than 7,000 African-Americans found they spent 4 hours and 21 minutes per day online. This is 10% higher when compared to all US adults, who typically spend about 3 hours and 57 minutes.
A similar study done in 2005 found that African-Americans only spent about 1 hour and 9 minutes per day online. This new study shows a major shift in where African-Americans are focusing their attention and getting their information.
Time spent on all media types for Blacks is 13 hours and 24 minutes per day. This includes radio, television, newspaper, outdoor billboards, and the Internet.
The nation’s Black population, says the study, is increasingly able to buy the products companies are selling with the buying power of African American expected to exceed $1 trillion a year by 2012.