Tuesday 11 September 2012

British evangelical Christians are more frugal, ethical and generous with their money that you might think

The Evangelical Alliance has just published a new report on the beliefs and habits of evangelical Christians in the UK titled ‘Does money matter?’

It’s only twenty pages and well worth reading and you can download it as a powerpoint or a pdf (although why does the file have to be so big and couldn’t they make it easier to cut and paste text into blogs and church newsletters?).

Overall I was pleasantly surprised to see the results although I still think we have a very long way to go in order as a community to embrace Jesus’ radical teaching on money and possessions.

Anyway here are some bulleted highlights:

•25% have an annual household income of over £50,000.

•97% at some point purchased Fairtrade or ethically sourced goods.

•63% believe in tithing, and so give around 10% (or more) of their income to church, Christian organisations and various charities.

•92% agree that It is every Christian’s duty to help those in poverty.

•60% had, on more than one occasion, heard a sermon or talk about a responsible Christian attitude to money

•18% have less than £1,000 in savings, 7% have no savings at all - and a few are millionaires.

•57% of respondents owed nothing on a mortgage or home loan and 58% had no other debts.

•14.5% - the estimated percentage of their income (after tax) given away.

•87% try to make sure their giving to churches and charities is Gift Aided so that tax can be reclaimed.

•45% attend a church which has a fund or scheme that helps people in immediate need, and 42% a church that supports or runs a foodbank.

EA General Director Steve Clifford has summed it up as follows:

‘At a time when the media is full of bad news about the failure of banking and the crisis in our economy, it seems that most Christians are modelling a better way forward. Generally, evangelicals seem to manage their finances without getting into debt. They are generous in their giving to churches and charities. They know that life is more than the things money can buy, and when they spend their money, they try to choosing fairly-traded and ethically-sourced products.’


  1. "92% agree that It is every Christian’s duty to help those in poverty"

    And 8% are either not sure or believe that it is not a christian duty to help those in poverty?

    Wow! What a damning statistic.

    What percentage of non-believers think it is the duty of society to help those in poverty?

    Are there really people who think that we shouldn't help the poor regardless of any religious belief?

    Oh, I forget; we need Jesus and Noah's Arc for people to be good.

    Unfortunately, the report doesn't seem to make any comparison with the ethics of those not in the specified group.

  2. "87% try to make sure their giving to churches and charities is Gift Aided so that tax can be reclaimed"

    How Christian ...

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