The Sunday morning pass-the-plate offering has always been a reliable predictor of the commitment level of church members.
Long before they started leaving – often before many started complaining – people would express their dissatisfaction with a church by stopping or slowing down their giving. Sometimes subconsciously.
While a drop in giving is still a concern, and can still be an early warning sign, it’s not as reliable as it used to be.
(This article is part of an ongoing series on Money and the Small Church, but it applies to churches of all sizes.)