Religion: Protestant Profit & Loss

U.S. Protestantism is gaining members. It is collecting more money from them, too, and the average contribution for the collection plate is up. Last fortnight Everyone, Presbyterian quarterly, published the United Stewardship Council statistics for 1945.† Reports from 18 top Protestant denominations showed a net membership gain over 1944: 563,866 (2.2%); increase in gifts: $62,997,968 (14.9%); increase in per capita contributions: $1.90 (11.4%).

% Gain or Loss Members % Gain Total Gifts % Gain Per Capita Gifts

1941-42 -2.6% 7.6% 9.8%

1942-43 -0.1% 6.9% 6.3%

1943-44 +6.5%...

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