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How Much Is Your Church Worth? 1 Corinthians 9:16-23

How Much Is Your Church Worth?

A congregation should feel confident about its ministry and mission, because it provides real value to the community around it.

At a Glance

How much is your church worth to the community it serves? In the summer of 2010, a professor from the University of Pennsylvania and a secular research group based in Center City Philadelphia searched for a dollars-and-cents answer to that specific question. They investigated a dozen congregations in Philly -- 10 Protestant churches, a Catholic parish and a synagogue. The number they came up with? Over $50 million in annual economic benefits!

Editors' Pick

For material based on the gospel text, see "The Tipping Point," February 9, 2003, at "

If the church burned down tomorrow, would you give $10,000 to replace it?"

Asking the question was a professional fundraiser, speaking to a senior citizen.

The woman thought for a moment about the church that had meant so much to her over the years. It had been the site of numerous life-changing events: her wedding, a Bible study for young couples, the baptisms of her children, vacation Bible schools, potluck dinners, ...

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