Superb infograph shows percentage of churches whose income is greater than their expenses.
Lesson I draw from the graph: Recovery from the Great Recession has been slow for churches. Many churches are still struggling. Those are the results I would expect to see.
Visit Church Law & Tax extract from their March 2015 edition of Church Finance Today: Percentage of Churches with Income Exceeding Expenses – their analysis is broken out into nine different regions of the United States.
A few pieces of information:
- 35% – Pacific – Washington, Oregon, and California
- 50% – mountain – Idaho and Montana south to Arizona and New Mexico – this is the highest percentage of any region
- 44% – West-south-central – Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Louisiana
- 34% – New England – Massachusetts north to Maine, excluding New York – this is the lowest regional percentage
The page linked above does not explicitly say what time frame is covered. It might be calendar year 2015, although April seems to be a little early to have accumulated enough data to report. Could also be fiscal years.
Check out the infograph. It will be well worth your time.