Research Services helps the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) make fact-based decisions, based on scientific research processes and reports. We have statistical data that is available to all Presbyterians and to the public. We’ve outlined here some of our most recent work.
Who We Are and What We Do
Research Services provides a wide variety of services including articles and reports, demographics information, statistics, program evaluations and Ten-Year Trends. Here are some additional services we can provide your congregation.
Listening to the Church
Part of our mission is to seek feedback from the denomination. Help us in that effort by letting us know what’s on your mind:
- If you have a specific research question, we’ll try to find an answer. (For more general questions, contact PresbyTel — the reference desk for the PCUSA — providing answers to questions from members, elders, ministers, and others about the denomination’s resources and materials, programs, policies, and conferences and other events. PresbyTel can be reached at (800) 872-3283 or send email to: PresbyTel.
- If you have questions or feedback about our work, please let us know. Send such comments to: Research Services.
- We’re also interested in what you think of our home page and how we could improve it. Send your feedback.
Research and Evaluation Expertise
The office of Research Services provides quality service to all entities of the denomination to help the church understand itself and to monitor the larger society in which it is located.
Research Services can provide services in:
- program and process evaluation
- congregational self-assessments and member surveys
- meeting and conference evaluations
- needs assessment
- census data analysis
- evaluations of church entities
- focus groups
- customer satisfaction surveys
- resource evaluations
- pre-testing of new resources
- trend analysis
For information about research capabilities, email Deb Coe (Coordinator of Research Services).
We are sorry, but Research Services does not provide genealogical research assistance. If you are trying to trace your family tree or to gather information about your relatives, we can suggest several sources.
There are several helpful web pages that you might try:
If you are trying to gather information about someone who was a minister or mission worker in the Presbyterian Church, you can also contact the Presbyterian Historical Society in Philadelphia. Their telephone number is 215-627-1852. Or you can send mail to: Presbyterian Historical Society, 425 Lombard Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147. Their website provides additional information about their reference services, and you can submit a request online.
Data from the Presbyterian Panel, Comparative Statistics, and Clerks Annual Questionnaire are available for use by presbyteries, synods, and congregations. In addition, we are willing to make these data available to researchers interested in conducting secondary analyses.
All files are available for a minimal fee in spreadsheet or data base format (e.g., Paradox, EXCEL, etc.) or in SPSS-X format.
For information about available data or to order specific files, please contact Research Services.
Data from the Presbyterian Panel and denominational data are also available from the American Religion Data Archive.
We also have a wealth of resources available to congregations who want to know about their congregations and/or about their local communities. Our Help for Congregations page describes these resources.
Read Statistics, Reports and Articles
Frequently Asked Questions
- How can we learn more about our worshipers? Go to Help for Congregations.
- How can we learn more about our community? Data on communities are available at Research Services’ Demographics site and the Religious Congregations and Membership site (click on “GIS Maps” in the right hand column).
- Where can I find information about what Presbyterians think about a particular issue? This type of information can be found under Presbyterian Panel.
- Do you do Genealogical Research? No.
- Can you help me locate my baptism or my parents’ marriage certificate records? No, please contact the Presbyterian Historical Society.
- Can you help me contact a retired minister friend of mine (or a former pastor) from 20 years ago? Yes, send a request to Deb Worland and if the minister has not died or transferred to another denomination Deb will help you with contact information.
- I want to know more about a congregation I am thinking of joining (or serving). Do you have information on individual congregations? Yes, go to Research Services’ Ten-Year Trends site.
- Can you tell me whether my community has more Presbyterians or more Lutherans? Yes,Religious Congregations and Membership data has this information. (click on “U.S. Congregational Membership Report” on the left side).
- Can you help us with the problem we are having with our Pastor? No, please contact the Office of Vocation [by email or phone: (800) 728 7228, x5753], the Ministry Committees/Commission (formerly Committee on Ministry), your presbytery executive, or the Stated Clerk’s Office.
- How can we get the mistakes corrected in data you list for our congregation on the Ten-Year Trend Report? Have the stated clerk of your presbytery send us the correct data.
- Our church is located in the wrong place on the Research Services’ Demographics site. How can we get that corrected? Contact us
- Can you help us resolve the conflict in our congregation? No, please email SanDawna Ashley or phone her: (800) 728 7228, x5730 for suggestions. You may also want to contact your presbytery Committee on Ministry for help.
- Can you provide us salary information for clergy? No, but the Office of Vocation provides presbytery compensation minimums and the Board of Pensions provides annual salary information (look for “Salaries” under the “Forms and Publications” link). If you want additional information on salaries, contact the Board of Pensions (800) 773-7752.
- How can I repay Research Services for all the help they have provided? We are in the process of developing a Research endowment fund. For the time being you may send a check to Research Services PC(USA), 100 Witherspoon Street, Louisville, KY 40202; please specify Research Services Endowment on your check.
Research Services Staff
The Research Services staff includes several social scientists with backgrounds in sociology, demography, survey research, program evaluation, and psychology. The staff conducts research to support church policy development and to help in planning, development, and evaluation of programs and resources. They have expertise in survey research, program evaluation, needs assessment, focus groups, data analysis and congregational studies.
Deborah Coe, PhD
Deb manages the office and its work. She also directs research projects.
Angie Andriot, PhD
Angie directs individual research projects.
Susan Barnett, PhD
Susan oversees the U.S. Congregational Life Survey and directs other research projects.
Joelle Kopacz, MA
Joelle administers the Presbyterian Panel and program evaluations.
Christy provides administrative support for the Research Services team and coordinates printing and mailing.
Deb formats surveys, assists with large mailings, programs web surveys, and processes data.