What per capita supports
How does $6.87 compare?
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Per capita breakdown
Per capita dollars also support the work of presbyteries and synods. In 2009, the highest per capita rate among presbyteries was $58.43 (Alaska), and the lowest was $6.15 (within the Synod of the Sun). Approximately 29 percent supported the General Assembly. Learn more.
What does $6.87 buy?
The GA per capita rate for 2013 is $6.87 ($7.02 for 2014).
Per capita dollars help the church be the church and are related to the functions of the Stated Clerk through actions of the General Assembly.
Here is what per capita funds at the General Assembly level:
- General Assembly meetings — planning for General Assemblies and other related gatherings through the GA Meeting Service
- Permanent and special GA committees and commissions — staffing, training, and meeting costs for the:
- Committee on the Office of the General Assembly
- GA Committee on Representation
- GA Nominating Committee
- GA Committee on Ecumenical and Interreligious Relations
- GA Permanent Judicial Commission
- Advisory Committee on the Constitution
- Advisory Committee on Litigation
- Presbyteries’ Cooperative Committee on Examinations
- Stated Clerk Nomination Committee
- Committees to review the six GA agencies
- Vocational matters — providing support in identifying and developing leadership for the PC(USA) and the whole body of Christ through the Office of Vocation, a shared ministry of the Office of the General Assembly and the Presbyterian Mission Agency
- Church Leadership Connection — a Web-based matching and referral system for all Presbyterian church leaders
- Immigration issues — communicates with presbyteries, synods, PC(USA) entities and ecumenical agencies on immigration issues and policies; offers advice and counsel to presbyteries and pastors whose members have immigration issues or questions
- Presbyterian Historical Society — collects, preserves, and shares information on American Presbyterianism and encourages appreciation of the church's heritage
- Constitutional services — maintains judicial and legislative services required by the PC(USA) Constitution; helps to interpret the Constitution
- Moderator of the General Assembly — coordinates the schedule and ministry of the Moderator and Vice-Moderator of the General Assembly
- Communications — coordinates development and implementation of the electronic system used to access GA business; maintains the OGA Web site; coordinates communication pieces from the Stated Clerk, GA Moderator, and other areas of OGA to the PC(USA) and beyond
- PC(USA) statistics — preparation of annual statistics that include the number of congregations, number of church members, summary of finances, and more
- Standard ordination exams — preparation, administration and grading of ordination exams
- GA publications — publication and distribution of the Book of Order and The Book of Confessions, the GA Minutes, and other GA-related reports, studies, and publications
- Leadership development — includes the Big Tent, the annual polity conference, national elders' conference, moderators' conference, conference for committees on ministry/committees on preparation for ministry/seminaries, and much more
- Mid council relations — connecting with presbyteries and synods to coordinate the church’s work
- PC(USA)’s participation in the ecumenical world — coordinates the ecumenical responsibilities of the OGA and the Stated Clerk; extends the church’s mission efforts and our work for peace and justice far beyond what we can do by ourselves and promotes Christian unity; includes the National Council of Churches of Christ, World Council of Churches and the World Communion of Reformed Churches
- Office of the General Assembly — one of six agencies of the PC(USA) and under the direction of the Stated Clerk, OGA provides for the overall coordination of work of the assembly between meetings and assists the Stated Clerk in carrying out the duties assigned to the Stated Clerk by the GA
- A portion of the activities of the Presbyterian Mission Agency (PMA) executive director’s office — includes PMA meetings, advisory and advocacy committees, task forces, legal services, and communication