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Statistics and information are the heart of Research Services. Here you can find statistics on church membership, finances, and ministers of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.); year-to-year trends for congregations and presbyteries; demographics; statistical snapshots of Presbyterians; and more.

Presbyterian Panel Reports & Summaries

The Presbyterian Panel "listens to Presbyterians" quarterly through national surveys of more than 3,500 members, elders and ministers. Learn more.


Cover of the Comparative Statistics reportComparative Statistics

Comparative Statistics is published annually in the Fall and summarizes data on PC(USA) membership and finances provided by each congregation to the Office of the General Assembly via the Session Annual Statistical Report. Information about teaching elders including where they serve is also included.

The report shows trends in areas such as membership gains and losses, receipts and expenditures, and number of ministers.

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Comparative Statistics 2012

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See individual Comparative Statistics 2012 tables: 

1. PC(USA) Congregations and Membership, 2001 to 2012
2. Distribution of PC(USA) Congregations by Membership Size and Synod, 2012
3. PC(USA) Membership by Region and State/Territory, 2012
4. Membership Gains and Losses of PC(USA) Synods and Presbyteries, 2012
5. Distribution of PC(USA) Congregations with One-Fifth or More  Racial-Ethnic Membership by Synod, 2012
6-7. Fifteen Largest PC(USA) Congregations Based on Membership Size, 2012 | Descriptive Statistics for PC(USA) Ministers and Candidates, 2004 to 2012
8. PC(USA) Active Ministers by Call and Synod, 2012
9. Number and Percent of Active PC(USA) Ministers by Call and Gender, 2008 to 2012
10. PC(USA) Membership, Total Individual Contributions, and Expenditures for Local Program and Local Mission by Synod and Presbytery, 2011 and 2012
11-12. PC(USA) Congregational Receipts, 2011 and 2012; PC(USA) Congregational Expenditures, 2011 and 2012
13-14. PC(USA) Synod and Presbytery Rankings Based on Per Member Validated Mission Expenditures, 2012 | Race-Ethnicity and Gender of PC(USA) Members, Elders, Deacons, Active Ministers and Commissioned Lay Pastors, 2012
15. Number of Congregations, How They Are Served, Worship Attendance and Giving Information by Membership Size, 2012
16. Technical Information

 

Comparative Statistics 2011

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See individual Comparative Statistics 2011 tables:

1. PC(USA) Congregations and Membership, 2000 to 2011
2. Distribution of PC(USA) Congregations by Membership Size and Synod, 2011
3. PC(USA) Membership by Region and State/Territory, 2011
4. Membership Gains and Losses of PC(USA) Synods and Presbyteries, 2011
5. Distribution of PC(USA) Congregations with One-Fifth or More  Racial-Ethnic Membership by Synod, 2011
6-7. Fifteen Largest PC(USA) Congregations Based on Membership Size, 2011 | Descriptive Statistics for PC(USA) Ministers and Candidates, 2003 to 2011
8. PC(USA) Active Ministers by Call and Synod, 2011
9. Number and Percent of Active PC(USA) Ministers by Call and Gender, 2007 to 2011
10. PC(USA) Membership, Total Individual Contributions, and Expenditures for Local Program and Local Mission by Synod and Presbytery, 2010 and 2011
11-12. PC(USA) Congregational Receipts, 2009 and 2010; PC(USA) Congregational Expenditures, 2010 and 2011
13-14. PC(USA) Synod and Presbytery Rankings Based on Per Member Validated Mission Expenditures, 2011 | Race-Ethnicity and Gender of PC(USA) Members, Elders, Deacons, Active Ministers and Commissioned Lay Pastors, 2011
15. Number of Congregations, How They Are Served, Worship Attendance and Giving Information by Membership Size, 2011
16. Technical Information

Comparative Statistics 2010, with introductory essay, Mapping the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)

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See individual Comparative Statistics 2010 tables:

1. PC(USA) Congregations and Membership, 1999 to 2010
2. Distribution of PC(USA) Congregations by Membership Size and Synod, 2010
3. PC(USA) Membership by Region and State/Territory, 2010
4. Membership Gains and Losses of PC(USA) Synods and Presbyteries, 2010
5. Distribution of PC(USA) Congregations with One-Fifth or More  Racial-Ethnic Membership by Synod, 2010
6-7. Fifteen Largest PC(USA) Congregations Based on Membership Size, 2010 | Descriptive Statistics for PC(USA) Ministers and Candidates, 2002 to 2010
8. PC(USA) Active Ministers by Call and Synod, 2010
9. Number and Percent of Active PC(USA) Ministers by Call and Gender, 2006 to 2010
10. PC(USA) Membership, Total Individual Contributions, and Expenditures for Local Program and Local Mission by Synod and Presbytery, 2009 and 2010
11-12. PC(USA) Congregational Receipts, 2009 and 2010; PC(USA) Congregational Expenditures, 2009 and 2010
13-14. PC(USA) Synod and Presbytery Rankings Based on Per Member Validated Mission Expenditures, 2010 | Race-Ethnicity and Gender of PC(USA) Members, Elders, Deacons, Active Ministers and Commissioned Lay Pastors, 2010
15. Number of Congregations, How They Are Served, Worship Attendance and Giving Information by Membership Size, 2010
16. Technical Information

See color maps from the 2010 report

Percent change in the number of Presbyterians.
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Presbyterians as a percent of the population.
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Newly charted churches.
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Percent of churches without an installed pastor.
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Comparative Statistics 2009 - Membership Change in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.): Trends in Gains and Losses

Comparative Statistics 2008 - The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) at 25: A Statistical Look at Denominational Change

Comparative Statistics 2007 - The Annual Well-Church Assessment

Comparative Statistics 2006 - A Look at What Others Are Doing

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

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

Comparative Statistics 2003 - Encouraging Figures

Comparative Statistics 2002 - Highlights for 2002 — Why So Many Vacant Pulpits? A Look At The Numbers

How can I order Comparative Statistics?

To order hardcopy of the booklet ($10 per booklet), call Presbyterian Distribution Service (PDS) at   (800) 524-2612. Comparative Statistics booklets are available from PDS for recent years. Contact Research Services (800) 728-7228, ext. 2040 or research@pcusa.org for earlier editions.


Field Guide to U.S. Congregations

The U.S. Congregational Life Survey is the largest and most representative view of the American religious landscape ever developed in the United States, including 500,000 worshipers in more than 5,000 congregations across the country. Resources include: 

Your congregation can take the U.S. Congregational Life Survey to discover how you compare to these national benchmarks and to discover your congregation’s strengths. 


Clerk's Annual Questionnaire

Each year, Research Services develops the Clerk's Annual Questionnaire, a questionnaire that all congregations are asked to complete, as a supplement to the Session Annual Statistical Report. Research Services staff work with other entities of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) to develop questions for inclusion in the Clerk's Annual Questionnaire. Each year, different topics are covered. Instructions that accompany the form suggest that the clerk of session of each congregation complete it, reporting pertinent information for the congregation.

2012 Clerk's Annual Questionnaire
2011 Clerk's Annual Questionnaire
2010 Clerk's Annual Questionnaire
2009 Clerk's Annual Questionnaire
2008 Clerk's Annual Questionnaire
2007 Clerk's Annual Questionnaire
2006 Clerk's Annual Questionnaire
2005 Clerk's Annual Questionnaire


Presbyterians Today - Go Figure! Articles

Go Figure! columns in Presbyterians Today magazine present statistical snapshots of Presbyterians, from the beliefs and practices of individuals to the programs and activities of congregations. Each column combines graphics and text to highlight interesting and useful findings from the Presbyterian Panel or other surveys.

Go Figure! is written by John P. (Jack) Marcum and other research staff. For information about Research Services articles in Presbyterians Today, email Deb Coe.

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FAQ/Interesting Facts

We are asked many questions about the denomination. Here are brief answers to some of the more frequent questions. Many can be found in the 2010 edition of Comparative Statistics.


Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Neighborhood Demographic Reports

Research Services provides free online demographic information for the community around your congregation based on U.S. Census data. You can find information on:

  • Annual population growth
  • Percentage of households with children
  • Adult age distribution
  • Housing types
  • Education level of adults
  • Household income
  • Major cultural/ethnic

You can also identify other Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) congregations in your area, look at neighborhood demographics, and zoom in and out on a demographics map. Get help with Demographics online by phone at (888) 728-7228, x2040, or by email.


Trends and statistics

2011 Survey of PC(USA) Associate Pastors —The first systematic look at associate pastors including their demographics, background in ministry, where they serve, their experiences in ministry, and how they compare to solo pastors and heads of staff.

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2010 Survey of PC(USA) Congregations — A snapshot of worship, programs, mission and identity, participants, leadership, and finances of PC(USA) congregations.

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2008 Survey of PC(USA) Congregations — worship services, congregational ministries, participants, leadership and other topics (parallel survey of congregations, mosques and synagogues across the United States).

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Recent Changes in Membership and Attendance in Mainline Protestant Congregations

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Myths and Facts about Evangelism and Church Growth
The U.S. Congregational Life Survey provided a unique look at what works in the areas of evangelism and church growth. Responses from samples of fast-growing churches helped us debunk common myths. Continue reading.


Research results

2008 Survey of Presbyterian Pastors  — housing, finances, health and well-being, life stressors, sabbaticals and other topics.

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A Study of the Effectiveness of Interim Pastors

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Faith Community Today - FACT

Faith Communities Today (FACT) is the largest survey of congregations ever conducted in the United States. FACT is intended to provide a public profile of religion in America by providing information from 14,301 congregations in 41 participating groups including Protestant, Catholic, Jewish, Muslim and Orthodox organizations.

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  • I am a member of Scioto Valley Presbyteyr's task force on Older Adult Ministry.I am interested in if,and how, congregations use social networking/media with there older adult members (65+). Has research been done on this topic. If not, when will you be doing it. by Bob Armstrong on 08/25/2013 at 2:49 p.m.

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