Churches are supposed to be growing, not shrinking, but one major denomination is facing crisis rates of decline. The Presbyterian Church (PCUSA) is expecting to see a loss of over 400,000 members between 2015 and 2020, according to an internal document titled The Layman. The Layman is the publication for the Presbyterian Lay Committee, a group of theologically conservative Presbyterians whose founding predates the formation of PCUSA.

PCUSA’s Office of the General Assembly and Presbyterian Mission Agency Board Executive Committee held a recent meeting where projected losses were discussed. Michael Gryboski for the Christian Post reported that a slide from the meeting also showed that COGA (Committee on the Office of the General Assembly) predicted membership losses of 100,000 for both 2015 and 2016.Membership losses for 2017-2020 are projected to be 75,000 each year. READ MORE