The percentage of a church member’s income given to the church dropped to 2.3 percent in 2011 (the latest year for which numbers are available), down from 2.4 percent in 2010. According to a report by Empty Tomb, a Christian research group, giving has declined for four consecutive years. The only other period of prolonged decline in giving per member was from 1928 through 1934, almost entirely during the Great Depression. Sylvia Ronsvalle of Empty Tomb said part of the reason that giving has declined is because churches still treat people as if they are living in “hard times”—even when they are not. “They’re hard because people want to take better vacations,” Ronsvalle said. “They want to get more cars. They want to have more square footage” (RNS).