Presbyterians pride ourselves on our church organization and our generosity. At the same time our church organizations have been the scenes of bitter disagreements. Consequently, more and more our generosity has been directed to our congregations rather than to the higher levels of the church designed for mission outreach. The result has been a demoralized and shrinking denomination with faithful and generous members.
The book authors are economists who have been studying church giving for the past decade. They use data from the American Congregation Giving Study to describe who gives to the Presbyterian Church, how we compare to four other denominations, what our religious motivations are, which programs we favor, and how we respond to different appeals.