Comparative Statistics 2008 - The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) at 25: A Statistical Look at Denominational Change

—Jack Marcum, coordinator, Research Services

In 2008, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) celebrated its 25th anniversary, having begun life in the summer of 1983 with the merger of the United Presbyterian Church in the USA and the Presbyterian Church in the United States. Known as Reunion, the 1983 merger healed a split dating back to the Civil War. This essay provides a statistical portrait of the first quarter century of this reborn denomination. Click the red download button at the bottom of this section to read the full essay.

See the Comparative Statistics 2008 tables:

  1. PC(USA) Congregations and Membership — 1997-2008
  2. Distribution of PC(USA) Congregations by Membership Size and Synod — 2008
  3. PC(USA) Membership by Region and State/Territory — 2008
  4. Membership Gains and Losses of PC(USA) Synods and Presbyteries — 2008
  5. Distribution of PC(USA) Congregations with One-Fifth or More
    Minority Racial-Ethnic Membership by Synod
    — 2008
  6. Fifteen Largest PC(USA) Congregations Based on Membership Size — 2008
  7. Descriptive Statistics on PC(USA) Ministers and Candidates — 2000-2008
  8. PC(USA) Active Ministers by Call and Synod — 2008
  9. Number and Percent of Active PC(USA) Ministers by Call and Gender — 2004-2008
  10. PC(USA) Membership, Total Individual Contributions, and Expenditures for Local Program and Local Mission by Synod and Presbytery — 2007 and 2008
  11. PC(USA) Congregational Receipts — 2007 and 2008
  12. PC(USA) Congregational Expenditures — 2007 and 2008
  13. PC(USA) Synod and Presbytery Rankings Based on Per Member
    Validated Mission Expenditures
    — 2008
  14. Race-Ethnicity and Gender of PC(USA) Members, Elders, Deacons,
    Active Ministers, and Commissioned Lay Pastors
    — 2008
  15. Number of Congregations, How They Are Served, Worship Attendance, and Giving Information by Membership Size — 2008
  16. Technical Information
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