I have long wondered if there is any kind of correlation between consumer confidence, and annual contributions to congregations. I would expect giving to go down during times of lower consumer confidence, and giving to go up in times of higher consumer confidence.
Of course, there are many other variables that affect congregational giving. But I would expect consumer giving to be a major influence. What do you think?
Above: 10 year chart of the Index of Consumer Sentiment, produced by University of Michigan.