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November 14, 2014

1001 New Worshiping Communities Initiative is Energizing Congregations!

A recent panel report by PC(USA) Research Services indicates that the 1001 Worshiping Community initiative is doing more than merely creating new communities – it is also breathing new life into existing congregations.

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June 9, 2014

The Presbyterian Panel: Listening to Presbyterians since 1973!

Did you know the average Presbyterian is a 63-year-old married female who graduated from college? How do we know this? From the Presbyterian Panel! 

The Presbyterian Panel helps church leaders know who Presbyterians are and what they think and do. The Panel consists of scientifically selected members, ruling elders, and teaching elders who respond to quarterly surveys over a three-year period. Besides being used to create a vital “snapshot” of current Presbyterians—identifying demographics such as median age, education level, and political party affiliation—results from the Panel also help guide PC(USA) policy formation, program development, and evaluation. 

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May 19, 2014

Women Rule?

In Presbyterian news this month a large congregation, Fourth Presbyterian Church in Chicago, called the Reverend Shannon Kershner to lead their congregation.   Reverend Kershner was previously pastor of Black Mountain Presbyterian Church in Black Mountain, North Carolina, the 27th largest PCUSA congregation with 657 members.  Fourth Presbyterian Church, with 5,251 members, is the third largest church in the denomination, behind Peachtree Presbyterian Church in Atlanta and Christ Presbyterian Church in Edina, Minnesota.  Previously, the largest congregation being led by a woman (Reverend Pamela Driesell, Trinity Presbyterian Church in Atlanta) had 2,202 members.

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May 15, 2014

Who Supports the Death Penalty?

In a previous blog post we examined worshipers’ opinions concerning the death penalty.  In 2001 and 2008, the U.S. Congregational Life Survey asked the following question: “Are there any cases in which you believe persons convicted of murder should receive the death penalty?”  A majority of worshipers support the death penalty for persons convicted of murder.

This mirrors Americans’ opinions on the death penalty; the majority of Americans (55%) favor the death penalty.  The Pew Research Center finds men are slightly more likely than women to say they support it (58% for men; 52% for women).  Also, Americans ages ...

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