2014 Summaries of Statistics– Comparative Summaries

2014 Summaries of Statistics– Comparative Summaries.

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  1. Does the Receipts- Other Income, include property and or payments from departing congregations?

    by National Jester

    September 7, 2015

  2. Most of this change resulted from transition in January 2014 from one reporting system used by the presbyteries that relied on mailed in forms to a new, easier online reporting system. During the transition, many individuals who had left the preparation for ministry process in previous years by withdrawal, removal, or even ordination, but for whom this information had not been reported, were removed from the system. The new system encourages more accurate reporting because presbyteries have direct access to the system and so make more regular use of it. Additionally, those under care can now also see their status in the system through their online exam accounts and encourage their presbyteries to make sure their individual profile records are accurate. We are seeing a decline in inquirers and candidates (just as the Association of Theological Schools is reporting declines in total seminary enrollment across the country), but nothing on the order of 50% in a year.

    by Tim Cargal

    May 18, 2015

  3. How can the witness of the church be effective if 23% fewer people attend Christian Education? Validated mission decreases 20% and local mission 13% since 2011. We have lost 637 churches with 284,520 members - if what we teach and preach honors God, why so sharp a decline?

    by Skip King

    May 14, 2015

  4. I was stunned to read that the number of candidates decreased from 1086 to 562 in one year! Is this accurate or perhaps a typo? If accurate, what do our OGA staff make of it? What do you believe is the major cause? What does this say about the future of the church?

    by Gale Watkins

    May 13, 2015