Passing the Plate: Why American Christians Don't Give Away More Money

by Christian Smith, Michael O. Emerson. Oxford University Press, 2008.

Written by sociologists, this book expands on why American Christians are reluctant to give, what could happen if they were more generous, and what congregations can do to increase generosity.


several key factors that impact religious giving, steps congregations can take to change perspectives on giving

Best For

Christian clergy and lay leaders


purchase as a book or e-book

Suggested Uses

  • Transform negative attitudes towards giving by following practical steps to counteract these tendencies and better educate the congregation about the transformative effects of giving.
  • Read this book before giving a sermon on money to gain a fresh perspective.

About the Contributor
Beth Booram

Beth Booram speaks around the country on topics of Christian spirituality and leadership. She has been a vocational minister for more than 25 years and is a certified formational prayer counselor and spiritual director. 

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