The Disappearing PCUSA, 2014 Data (Part 6)

Between 2007 and 2014 in the United States:

  • The total number of Christians declined by almost 3% (Pew Research)
  • The total number of Catholics declined by over 6% (Pew)
  • The total number of Evangelicals increased by over 4% (Pew)
  • The total number of Mainline Protestants declined by more than 12% (Pew)
  • The total number of PCUSA members declined by more than 24%
Christian Church Membership Change: 2007-2014

Christian Church Membership Change: 2007-2014

  • The PCUSA has been in continuous membership decline since 1984
  • The rate of membership decline has been steadily increasing since 1998
  • In 2012, 2013 and 2014 the membership decline has been catastrophic
    • 1 in 19 net members left the church in 2012
    • 1 in 21 net members left the church in 2013
    • 1 in 18 net members left the church in 2014
    • In 2012, 2013 and 2014 combined, almost 1 in 6.5 net members left the church
  • National leadership in in a state of denial
    • “Yes, the numbers reflect a decrease in active members in the denomination,” said the Reverend Gradye Parsons, Stated Clerk of the General Assembly. “But the numbers also illustrate fewer losses than the previous year. The membership declined by 89,296 in 2013, compared to 102,791 in 2012.”
    • “We are meeting the challenges we have had and it’s showing,” he said. “And, our decline in total congregations is holding fairly steady.”
  • These losses coincide with the successful culmination of divisive, relentless, decade-long campaigns to transform core teaching and policies of the PCUSA, for example:

Ordination of practicing homosexuals (2010)

Same-gender marriage (2014)

Divestment from companies doing business with the State of Israel (2014)

  • There is an extraordinary, disconcerting compulsion that appears to drive this process. While in pursuit of their goals there appears to be no damage to the PCUSA – massive departure of existing members, collapsing influx of new members, stress to mission relationships, loss of theological, intellectual and institutional credibility, among others – that our leadership will not accept until their demands are fully met. No matter how many times the denomination rejected their demands, they continued in their quest. Now that the denomination has finally capitulated, we are told that the issues are settled, so let’s just quietly move on.
  • The 2014 General Assembly Overture record does not include anything that clearly addresses this ongoing situation
  • The Presbytery of Chicago has not substantively addressed this situation over the past three years
  • This latest destruction of the marriage boundary will certainly not be the last that is obliterated in pursuit of compliance with radical secular culture by the PCUSA leadership.
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