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Presbyterians decrease

In 2012 the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) decreased to 1.8 million members, a 102,791 drop from the previous year, reported the denomination's Office of the General Assembly. Highlights from the report include: 13 new congregations organized; 86 congregations dissolved and $1.9 billion in giving to all PCUSA congregations. Citing a 2012 study by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, Gradye Parsons, stated clerk of the General Assembly, said the membership decline was caused in part by the growth of the religiously unaffiliated in the U.S.


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