Publications and periodicals
Some months ago I examined the long-term slide in membership numbers within the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Despite these steady net losses, donations from individuals to congregations actually increased over the same period, even after accounting for inflation.
- from the May 2009 edition of Presbyterians Today magazine.
Here are some highlights on the religious composition of the 111th Congress (elected in November 2008), courtesy of the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life.
- from the June 2009 edition of Presbyterians Today magazine.
To help the Presbyterian Committee on Congregational Song as it works toward the development of a new hymnal, Research Services surveyed a sample of pastors, music leaders, and members in congregations using the current denominational hymnal.
- from the July/August 2009 edition of Presbyterians Today magazine.
In a previous column I examined how births (and their absence) have affected membership size in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). It’s time to give the other end of the life cycle its due.
- from the September 2009 edition of Presbyterians Today magazine.
Results from a late 2008 survey provide a recent snapshot of Presbyterian opinion on homosexuality and ordination.
- from the October 2009 issue of Presbyterians Today magazine.
The number of Presbyterians has been declining slowly but steadily in recent decades. Let’s look at concurrent changes in the number and size of congregations.
- from the November 2009 issue of Presbyterians Today magazine.
When do Presbyterians worship? The stereotype is 11 a.m. on Sunday mornings. While there is some truth to that, it doesn’t tell the whole story.
- from the December 2009 issue of Presbyterians Today magazine.
Some people are bothered when our surveys ask about their political preference or other social characteristics. We’re a church, right? Why ask about something unrelated to religious belief or practice? The answer, as these results show, is that it is impossible to separate faith from other aspects that make us who we are.
-from the January/February 2010 issue of Presbyterians Today magazine.
The Catholic Church may have fewer nuns than in the past, but American society has a lot more “nones”—people who express no religious preference. Here are some findings about this group.
- from the March 2010 edition of Presbyterians Today magazine.
Eight synods within the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) have some form of Native American Ministry in their bounds. While you will find some presbyteries with several churches and chapels; others will have one church listed. Most PC(USA) Native American churches are located on reservation and trust lands. The one off-reservation church is located in Phoenix, Arizona. The majority of churches do not have full time clergy.
Most of the churches are small in membership and have emerged from four models:
- missionary—established preaching point
- mission stations (e.g. the cannery at Yakutat, Alaska)
- ministry based on a probe ...