(Take from A Hole in our Gospel by Richard Stearn)
The total annual income of American churchgoers- $5.2 trillion
American Christians make up 5% of worldwide Christians, but control 1/2 half of the Christian wealth.
It would take only 1% of the annual wealth of American Christians to lift the poorest 1 billion of the world’s population out of extreme poverty.
Only 5% of American households give 10% of their income towards ministries. 9% of born again Christians tithe. 24% of Evangelical Christians tithe.
In 2005 the average American churchgoer gave 2.58% of their finances. During the Great Depression, that number was 3.3%.
2% of money given in American churches is directed towards overseas mission efforts. If we are giving 2% of our income, and churches are giving 2% overseas, then 2% of 2% is going towards some of the world’s most significant issues, with is five ten-thousandths of our income. 6 cents per person, per day is being given to the rest of the world.
If we gave the remaining 7.5% of the tithe as an American Christian people, and that money went to overseas efforts it would equate to $168 billion. One year of faithful giving and distribution would change the world.
It would only take $65 billion (less than 40% of $168 Billion) to:
– eliminate the most extreme poverty on the planet for more than 1 billion people
– provide universal primary education for children ($6 Billion)
– bring clean water to most of the world’s poor ($9 Billion)
– provide basic health care and nutrition for everyone in the world ($13 Billion)