GA per capita rates:
- 2010: $6.15
- 2011: $6.50
- 2012: $6.63
- 2013: $6.87
- 2014: $7.02
- 2015: $7.07
- 2016: $7.12
New resource (February 2011)
The Westminster Confession of Faith says, “all believers are, therefore, under obligation to sustain the ordinances of the Christian religion where they are already established, and to contribute by their prayers, gifts, and personal efforts to the extension of the Kingdom of Christ throughout the whole earth” (The Book of Confessions, 6.058).
Per capita is a fundamental way in which all of the nearly 11,000 congregations and mid councils of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) are connected and participate in the work of the wider church.
Because it is rooted in the connectional and covenantal nature of the Presbyterian church, as affirmed by the ordination vows taken by elders and ministers of the Word and Sacrament, per capita could be called the Presbyterian Covenant Community Fund.
How important is per capita?
Per capita is as important as being Presbyterian! Read further and you will discover why.
This site offers interpretive and educational materials about per capita funds at the General Assembly level of the PC(USA).
The 221st General Assembly (2014) approved an increase of 5 cents per year for 2015 and 2016 to cover financial implications approved by commissioners of the General Assembly. The approved rates are now $7.07 for 2015 and $7.12 for 2016.
Per capita funding is how Presbyterians mutually share the costs of coming together to discern the Spirit’s leading for the future.
It is how Presbyterians are trained to become better elders and ministers.
It is how Presbyterians discern God’s call in their lives.
It is how Presbyterians participate in the life of the wider church by serving on GA committees and commissions.
It is how Presbyterians participate in the life of the Church universal as we commit ourselves to work and live in fellowship with “all persons in every nation” (Book of Order, G-4.0101)