Losing faith: Renewed incomes will boost donations, but attendance will continue to drop

The Religious Organizations industry has historically performed well in the United States due to the nation's high religiosity relative to other developed economies. Even as the United States remains a religious society, charitable donations toward religious organizations are now more volatile than in previous years; this volatility was exacerbated by declining disposable income levels early on in the five years to 2017 and the average American's dwindling confidence in organized religion. Over the next five years, the industry will benefit from growing disposable income levels, which will increase charitable contributions to religious organizations and support industry revenue...purchase to read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 12-17
Forecast Growth 17-22

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Technological change and increased scientific literacy continues to challenge religious beliefs
  • Many places of worship struggled to stay in operation as fewer people attended services
  • Religious institutions are increasingly relying on pledges from their members for revenue
  • Industry Report - Industry Analysis Chapter

    Revenue for the Religious Organizations industry primarily comes from charitable donations by patrons. The number of donations that religious organizations receive mainly depends on the congregation’s attendance and personal disposable income level. Employment and economic growth are the primary drivers for disposable income, while attendance is influenced by demographic factors such as age, religious affiliation and education. The US population has a long history of adhering to religious beliefs and attending worship services. In other advanced economies, higher standards of living and education have consistently correlated with a drop in religious adherence, whereas the United States has mostly resisted the trend. In ...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Religious Organizations Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Religious Organizations Industry are

  • Effective cost management
  • Having a good reputation
  • Strong leadership
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Per capita disposable income and Number of households in the Religious Organizations industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Religious Organizations Industry?

    This industry consists of religious organizations that provide religious worship or promote religious activities for both organized religions and smaller faiths that are not recognized in mainstream religious teaching. Establishments include churches, temples, mosques, synagogues and other houses of worship, as well as convents, monasteries and religiously affiliated community centers. This industry does not include schools and hospitals operated by religious organizations.

    Industry Products
  • Evangelical Christian worship services
  • Roman Catholic worship services
  • Mainline Protestant worship services
  • Historically Black Churches
  • Other Christian worship services
  • Jewish worship services
  • Muslim worship services
  • Other faiths' worship services
  • Industry Activities
  • Bible society operation
  • Church operation
  • Missionary society operation
  • Monastery operation (except schools)
  • Mosque operation
  • Synagogue operation
  • Temple operation
  • Religious shrines operation
  • Convents (except schools) operation
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Per capita disposable income
  • Number of households
  • Number of immigrants
  • Time spent on leisure and sports
  • Number of college students

  • Current Performance
  • No money, no donations
  • Losing our religion
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Recovering economy bolsters donations
  • Demographic trends and diversity
  • Table: Religious Organizations Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Religious Organizations Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Consumers

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Book Publishing
  • Caterers
  • Internet Service Providers
  • Land Leasing
  • Magazine & Periodical Publishing
  • Radio Broadcasting

  • Products & Services
  • Evangelical Christian worship services
  • Roman Catholic worship services
  • Mainline Protestant worship services
  • Historically Black Churches
  • Other faiths' worship services
  • Other Christian worship services
  • Jewish worship services
  • Muslim worship services
  • Chart: Religious Organizations Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
  • The changing face of the United States
  • Alternatives to religious community
  • Technological innovation

  • Major Markets
  • Boomer generation
  • Generation X
  • Silent generation
  • Millennial generation
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Religious Organizations Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
    ProfitWagesPurchasesRent and utilitiesDepreciationMarketingOther expenses
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Religious Organizations

  • Basis of Competition
    Internal competitionExternal competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Religious Organizations Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Evangelical Protestants, Catholic Church, Mainline Protestants, Historically Black Churches,
  • Table: Evangelical Protestants - financial performance
  • Table: Catholic Church - financial performance
  • Table: Mainline Protestants - financial performance
  • Table: Historically Black Churches - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Religious Organizations Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Table: Industry Data for the Religious Organizations Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2008-2022)
  • Industry Gross Product (2008-2022)
  • Establishments (2008-2022)
  • Businesses (2008-2022)
  • Employment (2008-2022)
  • Wages (2008-2022)
  • Number of Adults Aged 65 and Older (2008-2022)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Table: Industry Financial Ratios
  • A person who maintains a continuing doubt about the existence of God or any ultimate being.
  • Atheist
  • A person who does not believe in the existence of God or any other deity.
  • Congregation
  • An assembly of people with similar religious beliefs who join together for worship and other religious activities
  • Faith Based Organization (Fbo)
  • Faith based organizations are synonymous to religious organizations, and each term is used interchangeably throughout the report.
  • Megachurch
  • Any Protestant organization that boasts an average weekly attendance of 2000 congregation members or more. Most megachurches hold services multiple times throughout the week.
  • Mosque
  • A Muslim organization that regularly holds Friday prayers and manages other worship services and activities.
  • Pledge
  • A religious organization member's promise to donate a certain amount of money to the organization at a later predetermined time.
  • Secular Unaffiliated
  • A person who does not belong to any religious denomination but also does not completely identify with agnostic or atheist ideas.
  • Tithing
  • Literally means 'a tenth', but used here to refer to any congregation member's pledge to donate about 10.0% of his/her income to a religious organization on a regular basis.
  • Unaffiliated Religious
  • A person who does not belong to any organized religious denomination but feels that religion still plays a relevant role in his or her life.
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