ʺGive and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to youʺ ‐ Luke 6:38.
In early August 2016, the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America released a new publication, “Twelve Facts About the Generosity of Our Church Members: Giving in US Orthodox Christian Parishes,” by Alexei Krindatch.
The document can be accessed in PDF format at: Twelve Facts About Orthodox Generosity
“Four hundred twenty-one parish clergy and 2, 988 lay church members representing all US Orthodox Churches participated in this study,” explains Mr. Krindatch. “The size of the sample—nearly 3,500 respondents total—and representation of various Orthodox jurisdictions and US geographic regions makes this study the largest survey-based study of the Orthodox Christian Churches ever conducted in America.
“‘Twelve Facts’ offers numerous insights into how Orthodox Church members contribute to their parishes and what parishes can do to increase the generosity and donations of their members,” Mr. Krindatch added. “Clergy and lay leadership will find the publication to be a helpful resource for their ministries.”
Mr. Krindatch serves as Research Coordinator for the Assembly of Bishops.
*Although this study did not include members of the Orthodox-Catholic Church of America (OCCA), the data contained therein can provide interesting insight.