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

—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 religion” within our denomination. In statistical tables, we are enabled to measure trends that focus our attention on the past year as well as to compare ourselves with those who have gone before us. We can assess the strength of our fidelity to God’s call in Jesus Christ to discipleship in these days.

See the tables for this report:

  1. PC(USA) Congregations and Membership — 1994-2004
  2. Distribution of PC(USA) Congregations by Church Membership Size and Synod — 2004
  3. PC(USA) Membership by Region and State/Territory — 2004
  4. Membership Gains and Losses of PC(USA) Synods and Presbyteries — 2004
  5. PC(USA) Congregations with One-Fifth or More Minority Racial-Ethnic Membership by Synod — 2004
  6. Fifteen Largest PC(USA) Congregations Based on Membership Size — 2004
  7. Descriptive Statistics on PC(USA) Ministers — 1996-2004
  8. PC(USA) Ministers by Call and Synod — 2004
  9. Number and Percent of Active PC(USA) Ministers by Call and Gender — 1999-2004
  10. PC(USA) Membership, Total Contributions, and Disbursements for Local Program and Local Mission by Synod and Presbytery — 2003 and 2004
  11. PC(USA) Congregational Receipts — 2003-2004
  12. PC(USA) Congregational Expenditures — 2003-2004
  13. PC(USA) Synod and Presbytery Rankings Based on Per Member Validated Mission Expenditures — 2004
  14. Race-Ethnicity and Gender of PC(USA) Members, Elders, Deacons, Active Clergy, and Commissioned Lay Pastors — 2004
  15. Number of Congregations, How They Are Served, Giving Information, and Worship Attendance by Church Membership Size — 2004
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