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Stated Clerk releases PC(USA) 2012 statistics
(PC)USA ^ | May 30, 2013 | Emily Enders Odom

Posted on 06/03/2013 8:26:09 AM PDT by Gamecock

The Office of the General Assembly has released the 2012 statistics of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). The statistical materials include comparative summaries of the PC(USA)’s membership, a summary of receipts and expenditures from 2009–2012, and additional miscellaneous information.

The total membership of the PC(USA) at the end of 2012 was 1,849,496, compared to 1,952,287 in 2011, which is a decline of 102,791 members.

The number of PC(USA) congregations at the end of 2012 stood at 10,262, or 204 fewer than the previous year. New church developments, new immigrant fellowships, or other worshiping communities within the denomination are not included in this figure, which is limited to congregations that have been officially organized.

Thirteen new churches were organized in 2012. Eighty-six churches were dissolved, compared to 75 in 2011. One hundred ten congregations were dismissed to other denominations, 89 more than the previous year.

Even as congregations and their respective presbyteries faithfully, although often painfully, sought to discern their denominational affiliation in serving Christ’s mission—in some cases resulting in dismissal from the PC(USA)—only 29 percent of the denomination’s 173 presbyteries dismissed churches in 2012.

Slightly fewer than 48,000 individuals joined by profession or reaffirmation of faith, over one-third of who were 17 years old or younger. Adult baptisms totaled 6,129, an increase of 389, and the number of child baptisms declined by 1,560 to 19,862.

Membership loss came largely through certificate of transfer (52,064, compared to 23,082 in 2011). Other losses were attributed to death (29,810, which was 1,944 fewer than 2011) and “other” (99,067, compared to 95,613 the previous year). The “other” category includes those who were members of churches that were dissolved. Two-thirds of the “other” category encompasses the removal of members from the rolls who are no longer active and have not become involved in another community of faith.

In the area of financial giving, the annual statistics for 2011 show that Presbyterians contributed a total of $1,910,795,635 to their congregations.

It is the responsibility of the Stated Clerk of the General Assembly to report the annual statistics for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). In releasing the 2012 figures, the Reverend Gradye Parsons, Stated Clerk of the General Assembly, observed that the PC(USA)’s current numbers only “follow a trend that began in the 1950s.”

Referencing an October 9, 2012, study by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, Parsons cited not only the overall decline in membership that is common to all Protestant denominations, but also the huge growth in the U.S. of the religiously unaffiliated.

“The fact that fewer Americans say they have a religious identity does not necessarily mean there has been an overall decrease in spirituality in America,” Parsons said. “The 2012 statistics challenge us as Presbyterians to connect with the ever-growing number of those with no religious affiliation.”


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1 posted on 06/03/2013 8:26:09 AM PDT by Gamecock
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“The 2012 statistics challenge us as Presbyterians to connect with the ever-growing number of those with no religious affiliation.”

Here is a novel idea, preach the Gospel, in season and out.


2 posted on 06/03/2013 8:27:10 AM PDT by Gamecock ("Ultimately, Jesus died to save us from the wrath of God." ¬óR.C. Sproul)
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To: Gamecock

This is a lagging result of the recent apostasy of the PCUSA. Next years figure will blow these out of the water (if they’re allowed to be published at all.)


3 posted on 06/03/2013 8:33:55 AM PDT by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: Gamecock

“Parsons cited not only the overall decline in membership that is common to all Protestant denominations,”

Not ALL Protestant nominations, not at all.

The Orthodox Presbyerian Church, the Presbyterian Church in America, the Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America - growing every year. Conservative, Bible believing.


4 posted on 06/03/2013 8:43:42 AM PDT by Persevero (Homeschooling for Excellence since 1992)
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To: Gamecock

I guess most of us “Christians” still don’t want a faggot for a pastor.


5 posted on 06/03/2013 8:44:05 AM PDT by Persevero (Homeschooling for Excellence since 1992)
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Membership: which is a decline of 102,791 members.
Congregations: 204 fewer than the previous year
Thirteen new churches were organized in 2012. Eighty-six churches were dissolved
Adult baptisms totaled 6,129, an increase of 389, and the number of child baptisms declined by 1,560 to 19,862.


6 posted on 06/03/2013 9:28:12 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Gamecock
The total membership of the PC(USA) at the end of 2012 was 1,849,496, compared to 1,952,287 in 2011, which is a decline of 102,791 members.

Wow. I think it was up around 3 million when I was a kid, and that was before the merger with the Southrons.

One hundred ten congregations were dismissed to other denominations, 89 more than the previous year.

almost 6 times more than the prior year.

Other losses were attributed to death (29,810, which was 1,944 fewer than 2011)

Not necessarily a good thing, if you've got a smaller pool to die off.

Two-thirds of the “other” category encompasses the removal of members from the rolls who are no longer active and have not become involved in another community of faith.

Housecleaning like that is a good thing. My Dad's church (PCUSA) pruned the deadwood, and is down to about 200 official members.

observed that the PC(USA)’s current numbers only “follow a trend that began in the 1950s.”

And the definition of insanity is....

7 posted on 06/03/2013 7:29:01 PM PDT by Lee N. Field ("You keep using that verse, but I do not think it means what you think it means." --I. Montoya)
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To: fwdude
Next years figure will blow these out of the water (if they’re allowed to be published at all.)

Eventually they'll get down to the true lefty pagan core. Those people will leave by dying of old age.

8 posted on 06/03/2013 7:30:59 PM PDT by Lee N. Field ("You keep using that verse, but I do not think it means what you think it means." --I. Montoya)
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