Comparative Statistics 2006 - A Look at What Others Are Doing

—Carl S. Dudley, faculty emeritus, Hartford Seminary

This book is like the old story of the farmer who found a large ostrich egg and brought it home to his chicken coop where he called all the hens together. When he showed them the large ostrich egg, he announced, “Well girls, I just wanted you to see what others are doing.”

Comparative Statistics 2006 is an opportunity for each of us to see what others are doing. It offers tough reality testing, which may not be comfortable for congregations (or anyone) to do. Of course, statistics do not constitute the total reality, sometimes not even the most important part. But these numbers do provide a variety of windows on church, where money or members or modes of leadership can be compared within and among particular populations.

See the tables for this report:

  1. PC(USA) Congregations and Membership — 1996-2006 
  2. Distribution of PC(USA) Congregations by Membership Size and Synod — 2006 
  3. PC(USA) Membership by Region and State/Territory — 2006 
  4. Membership Gains and Losses of PC(USA) Synods and Presbyteries — 2006 
  5. Distribution of PC(USA) Congregations with One-Fifth or More Minority Racial-Ethnic Membership by Synod — 2006 
  6. Fifteen Largest PC(USA) Congregations Based on Membership Size — 2006 
  7. Descriptive Statistics on PC(USA) Ministers — 1998-2006 
  8. PC(USA) Ministers by Call and Synod — 2006 
  9. Number and Percent of Active PC(USA) Ministers by Call and Gender — 2001-2006 
  10. PC(USA) Membership, Total Individual Contributions, and Disbursements for Local Program and Local Mission by Synod and Presbytery — 2005 and 2006 
  11. PC(USA) Congregational Receipts — 2005 and 2006 
  12. PC(USA) Congregational Expenditures — 2005 and 2006 
  13. PC(USA) Synod and Presbytery Rankings Based on Per Member Validated Mission Expenditures — 2006 
  14. Race-Ethnicity and Gender of PC(USA) Members, Elders, Deacons, Active Ministers, and Commissioned Lay Pastors — 2006 
  15. Number of Congregations, How They Are Served, Worship Attendance, and Giving Information By Membership Size — 2006 
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