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The first column represents total contributions per member per year. That is, in 1995, Joe Average gave about $465 to the Protestant church he attends.

The second column shows the amount of the total that the church spent on internal operations, such as maintenance costs and salaries.

The third column shows the amount of the total that the church gave to "benevolences," which includes such items as international missions, denominational support, seminary funding, and ministries to the poor.

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Year
Total Contributions per Church Member

Church Finances

Benevolences
1990
$447.57
$369.71
$77.85
1991
$445.17
$368.43
$76.74
1992
$444.74
$368.19
$76.56
1993
$445.50
$370.72
$74.78
1994
$464.92
$389.48
$75.44
1995
$462.84
$386.98
$75.86
1996
$491.32
$414.04
$77.28
1997
$497.04
$418.01
$79.04

Inflation-Adjusted 1992 dollars

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