Reports and study guides
During the 2015 Churchwide Gathering of Presbyterian Women, Deborah Lind-Schmitz led a workshop on the new PC(USA) hymnal, Glory to God. Use these presentation as a tour through the new hymnal!
During the 2015 PW Churchwide Gathering in Minneapolis 2012–2015 PW Churchwide Moderator Mary Cook Jorgenson and PW Executive Director Susan Jackson Dowd led workshops on the history, current work and future of Presbyterian Women. The presentation includes specifics on many of PW’s programs and ministries and information about the PC(USA), including the change in the number of synods and how women can stay engaged in PW if their church leaves the PC(USA). The presentation is available for your use as well as general information. If you have questions, contact Susan Jackson Dowd.
The final 2014 membership figures for each presbytery, and (in the right hand column) the number of commissioners the presbytery is entitled to elect in accordance with the formula in G-3.0501.
- 8,000 members or less: 1 ruling elder and 1 teaching elder
- 8,0001-16,000: 2 ruling elders and 2 teaching elders
- 16,001-24,000: 3 ruling elders and 3 teaching elders
- 24,001-32,000: 4 ruling elders and 4 teaching elders
- 32,001-40,000: 5 ruling elders and 5 teaching elders
- 40,001-48,000: 6 ruling elders and 6 teaching elders
- 48,000 or more: 7 ruling ...
Organized in 1852, the Presbyterian Historical Society (PHS) is the oldest denominational archive in the United States. It serves as the national archive for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and many predecessor denominations.
Research Services developed and fielded a survey of Presbyterians in the PC(USA) in order to evaluate how the Presbyterian Historical Society can better fulfill its mission to collect, preserve, and share the story of the American Presbyterian and Reformed experience.
A General Assembly committee met to begin planning a conference on race, ethnicity, racism and ethnocentricity, as part of an action of the 221st General Assembly (2014). The conference will be held this fall 2015, and will be reported to the 222nd General Assembly (2016).
2014 Summaries of Statistics– Comparative Summaries.
2014 miscellaneous information about statistics.
Biblical and theological basis for cultural competency
The call to live as a beloved community is rooted Biblically. Scripture consistently portrays God as recognizing the value and worth of human beings, affirming the inherent dignity of human beings, and calling human beings to recognize and honor the image of God in one another. When we go astray, God seeks to bring us back. God sends Jesus Christ to break down cultural barriers, affirm God’s love for all people, forgive our sin, reconcile us o God and one another, and invites us to new and abundant life.
This examination shall assess the candidate’s understanding of the meaning and purpose of corporate worship and the Sacraments, familiarity with the Directory for Worship and The Book of Confessions, and their application to the life of worshiping communities.
Across the PC(USA), new and varied forms of church are being raised up by leaders seeking to ignite discipleship and transformation. These new worshiping communities have the potential to help the PC(USA) shift from an inward-focused, membership-maintenance model of church to a more outward-focused, creative, and disciple-making model.