2009 Clerk’s Annual Questionnaire
The Research Services office annually develops and distributes a questionnaire that goes out with the Session Annual Statistical Report to the clerks of session of all PC(USA) congregations. Research Services staff work with other entities of the PC(USA) to develop questions for inclusion on the Clerk’s Annual Questionnaire. Distribution of this form takes place at the end of the year. This report describes findings from responses for the year ending December 31, 2009.
The questionnaire for 2009 included questions on such topics as collegiate ministries, hunger ministries, world mission, guest preachers, books and resources usage, seminaries and theological education, bequests and planned giving, and finances. Surveys were mailed to the 173 presbyteries to be distributed to the 10,751 congregations that existed at the end of 2008. Completed surveys were returned from a little more than seven of ten congregations (72%). This year, the majority of surveys (88%) were completed on a Web-based program, while 12% were submitted via hard copy.