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Per Capita

Per Capita Funding - What it Supports


Why is Per Capita Important

Per capita provides the Office of the General Assembly with the means to strengthen the connections of our work, and build lasting relationships to help all Presbyterians share God’s love through mission and ministry.


Per capita funds are the primary source of support for
the Office of the General Assembly.


Per capita funds allow the Office of the General Assembly to support the ministry and witness of congregations and mid councils through:
  • Bringing together commissioners and advisory delegates as the General Assembly
  • Publishing (in multiple languages) and distribution (in multiple format) of the Book of Order, The Book of Confessions, and other General Assembly publications
  • Underwriting the expenses of the Co-Moderators of the General Assembly as they travel across the church and around the world to interpret the work of the General Assembly and attend church anniversaries, presbytery meetings, retreats, and ecumenical gatherings
  • Gathering church leaders from presbyteries and synods for training events
  • Supporting work in the area of ordered ministry, helping all Presbyterians respond to God’s call in their lives as teaching elders, ruling elders, and deacons
  • Providing necessary tools to develop and administer ordination exams to seminarians preparing to become future pastors
  • Maintaining Church Leadership Connection, the online system that supports the call process for pastors and congregations
  • Supporting those elected to serve on permanent General Assembly committees, such as the Advisory Committee on the Constitution, the General Assembly Committee on Ecumenical and Interreligious Relations, the General Assembly Nominating Committee, and the General Assembly Committee on Representation
  • Providing information, advice, and counsel to presbyteries and pastors whose members have immigration issues
  • Supporting the Presbyterian Historical Society, ensuring that our witness to the gospel today will be preserved for future generations, just as we have learned about the history of past generations
  • Providing a Presbyterian presence at ecumenical groups and gatherings in this country and worldwide-- extending our mission efforts and our work for peace and justice far beyond what we can do by ourselves to promote Christian unity
For a more detailed look at what per capita supports at the General Assembly level, please see the Narrative of the Per Capita Budget.