Are U.S. Churches Stingy?

WASHINGTON (RNS) Are U.S. churchgoers stingy? That’s one possible conclusion from a newly updated report that shows if parishioners tithed the biblically recommended 10 percent of their income—instead of their current 2.56 percent—an extra $161 billion would be flowing to charity.

The report, published by Illinois-based research firm Empty Tomb, inc., also found that congregations continue to keep more money for their own needs instead of “benevolences” beyond the four walls of a church. Red more here.