Comparative Statistics 2007 - The Annual Well-Church Assessment

—Deborah Kapp, Edward F. and Phyllis K. Campbell associate professor of urban ministry, McCormick Theological Seminary, Chicago, Illinois

When my sons were little, every year we went to the doctor’s office for their “well-boy” checkups. During other office visits we attended to emergencies — fevers, sore throats, various rashes — but at the well-boy check, the doctor and nurses covered more of the basics. They poked and prodded, listened and observed, weighed and measured, and evaluated several markers of children’s health. They often showed us growth charts and indicated how the boys compared in height and weight with other males their age.

Comparative Statistics offers us something of an annual well-church assessment for our denomination. With the help of clerks, treasurers, and others at every governing body level, the staff at Research Services has once again compiled data about membership, congregations, ministry, finances, and worship attendance, and in some cases they have set those alongside data from other years. The resulting fifteen tables give us a good snapshot of some dimensions of our institutional health.

See the tables for this report:

  1. PC(USA) Congregations and Membership — 1997-2007
  2. Distribution of PC(USA) Congregations by Membership Size and Synod — 2007
  3. PC(USA) Membership by Region and State/Territory — 2007
  4. Membership Gains and Losses of PC(USA) Synods and Presbyteries — 2007
  5. Distribution of PC(USA) Congregations with One-Fifth or More Minority Racial-Ethnic Membership by Synod — 2007
  6. Fifteen Largest PC(USA) Congregations Based on Membership Size — 2007
  7. Descriptive Statistics on PC(USA) Ministers — 1999-2007
  8. PC(USA) Ministers by Call and Synod — 2007
  9. Number and Percent of Active PC(USA) Ministers by Call and Gender — 2002-2007
  10. PC(USA) Membership, Total Individual Contributions, and Disbursements for Local Program and Local Mission by Synod and Presbytery — 2006 and 2007
  11. PC(USA) Congregational Receipts — 2006 and 2007
  12. PC(USA) Congregational Expenditures — 2006 and 2007
  13. PC(USA) Synod and Presbytery Rankings Based on Per Member Validated Mission Expenditures — 2007
  14. Race-Ethnicity and Gender of PC(USA) Members, Elders, Deacons, Active Ministers, and Commissioned Lay Pastors — 2007
  15. Number of Congregations, How They Are Served, Worship Attendance, and Giving Information By Membership Size — 2007
  16. Technical Information
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