Reports and study guides

  • Recent Changes in Membership and Attendance in Mainline Protestant Denominations, November 2006

    From Presbyterian Mission AgencyResearch Services

    How much have the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and other U.S. mainline Protestant denominations shrunken in recent years, and how should we interpret that shrinkage? This question has concerned both mainline Protestants and religious researchers, as news about declining membership and worship attendance has filled the media.

  • 2008 Survey of Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) congregations

    From Presbyterian Mission AgencyResearch Services

    This survey looks at worship services, congregational ministries, participants, leadership and other topics (see parallel survey of congregations, mosques and synagogues across the United States).

  • GAMC meeting - February 2010 - committee reports and actions - A.001 Evangelism Committee Report

    From Presbyterian Mission Agency

    A.001 report from committee reports and actions, February 2010 meeting

  • 2005 Clerk's Annual Questionnaire

    From Presbyterian Mission AgencyResearch Services

    The 2005 form included questions in the following areas: Congregational growth goals, Guest preachers, Finances (loans, investments, bequests).  For 2005, leaders of two-thirds of congregations (64%) responded. Two-thirds of responses (67%) were received via a Web-based survey.  The remaining responses were received on printed surveys.

  • 2006 Clerk's Annual Questionnaire

    From Presbyterian Mission AgencyResearch Services

    The 2006 form included questions in the following areas: social witness ministries (housing, hunger, justice, peacemaking), socially responsible investing, guest preachers and finances (loans, investments, bequests).  For 2006, leaders of two-thirds of congregations (64%) responded. Two-thirds of responses (67%) were received via a Web-based version of the survey.  The remaining responses were received on printed surveys.

  • 2007 Clerk's Annual Questionnaire

    From Presbyterian Mission AgencyResearch Services

    The 2007 form included questions on involvement in disaster assistance, children’s programs, Christian witness, music, multicultural ministries, guest preachers, world mission, bequests and planned giving, and finances (investments and loans).  Completed surveys were returned from 62 percent of all PC(USA) congregations.  The majority of surveys (97 percent) were completed on a Web-based system, while 3 percent were submitted via hard copy.

  • 2008 Clerk's Annual Questionnaire

    From Presbyterian Mission AgencyResearch Services

    The 2008 survey included questions on involvement in youth ministries, guest preachers, special offerings, educational offerings, AIDS/HIV-related activities, bequests and planned giving, and congregational finances (investments and loans). Completed surveys were returned from 70 percent of all PC(USA) congregations. The majority of surveys (90 percent) were completed on a Web-based system, while 10 percent were submitted via hard copy.

  • Comparative Statistics 2004 The State of Religion in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)

    From Presbyterian Mission AgencyResearch Services

    —The Reverend M. Anderson Sale, associate pastor stated supply, Quaker Memorial Presbyterian Church (Lynchburg, Va.); former general presbyter, Missouri Union and Peaks presbyteries

    In the early 1800s, the minutes of many presbyteries included an annual narrative report of “The State of Religion” in that body. It was a compilation of the ministries and missions of its pastors and congregations as well as some aspirations for the coming year. From this humble beginning have arisen our annual statistical reports from each of our sessions, which serve as the basis for the following 2004 Comparative Statistics — a description of “the state of ...

  • Comparative Statistics 2005 - Plumbing The Heart of God’s People

    From Presbyterian Mission AgencyResearch Services

    —Lewis Wilkins, the Plains Institute, Lubbock, Texas

    The annual Comparative Statistics bring to mind the vision of the prophet Amos who saw “a man standing by a wall with a plumb-line in his hand.” In the vision, the Lord asked Amos what he saw and sketched destructive consequences of Israel’s failure to learn from a plumb-line set “to the heart of my people.” These statistics are a plumb-line set to the heart of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Like the plumb-line, they do not tell the consequences of trends and patterns they measure and disclose. Discerning and responding ...

  • Comparative Statistics 2006 - A Look at What Others Are Doing

    From Presbyterian Mission AgencyResearch Services

    —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 ...

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