Profile of PC(USA) congregations in 2010

This snapshot provides an up-to-date view of the programs, finances, leaders and participants in PC(USA) congregations based on a survey of a random sample of PC(USA) congregations. The survey was part of the larger Faith Communities Today (FACT) 2010 study of 10,000 congregations from 100 Christian denominations and other faith groups in the United States.

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  1. We don’t have as much information about deacons, since some congregations do not have deacons. Table 14 in our annual Comparative Statistics publication has a summary of the demographic characteristics of deacons. Download that resource here:

    by Deborah Bruce, Research Services

    April 7, 2011

  2. Hi, very helpful info regarding average number of elders. Is there similar data for deacons? Thank you!

    by Jan O'Connor

    April 6, 2011

  3. We can’t tell you what is best for your church, but we do have information about what is typical in churches of your size. This table from our annual Comparative Statistics resource: shows the median number of elders on session in churches based on membership size.

    by Deborah Bruce, Research Services

    March 28, 2011

  4. We are a church with 700 membership. I'm trying to determine what the ideal number or range of volunteer leaders (deacons and elders) is for this size church. We currently have 24 each. Can somebody give me a place to find it or a rule of thumb for the number. Thanks,

    by Ann DeVilliers

    March 26, 2011

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