Suppose someone gave you $200 to give to a charity or religious cause. How would you decide where to contribute? We presented Presbyterians that scenario on a 2005 survey, asking them how important each of 12 factors would be in their decision making.
- from the January/February 2009 issue of Presbyterians Today magazine.
Recently in this column I discussed decades-long membership losses in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), but this month I’m addressing an area in which the PC(USA) is growing: the weight of its pastors.
- from the March 2009 issue of Presbyterians Today magazine.
The 1980 foundational document that called for the establishment of a churchwide peacemaking emphasis.
A 2008 survey asked Presbyterians about their volunteering activities. Here are some key findings.
- from the April 2009 issue of Presbyterians Today magazine.
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.
This resolution adopted by the 211th General Assembly (1999) affirms the need for international judicial mechanisms for the administration of justice capable of addressing major categories of crime with consistent application for all countries. It calls upon all governments to be diligent in the conduct of affairs, preventing those acts that might constitute offenses of international character as defined by law, holding their own citizens accountable.
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.