Who Are We
This section is meant to provide the following types of resources:
descriptions of our current reality (as congregations, as a denomination, or of our
secular culture), tools for discerning the current reality of your congregation, book
reviews on these topics, as well as a place to share your experiences. This area is
broadly known as "Congregational Studies".
Membership Decline in the
Presbyterian Church in Canada This is the first report of the study
group which was presented to the General Assembly in 2000. The written report, as well as
a Microsoft Powerpoint presentation of it are available here.
Patterns of Religious Attendance.
This is an article from Statistic Canada's Winter 2000 volume of their
journal Canadian Social Trends. It looks at the decline in worship attendance in Canada
from 1988 to 1998. It looks specifically at trends relative to demographics,
location, marital and family status, and so on. An excellent summary of the observations
but sadly very short on analysis as to why this decline is happening. This is an important
read for anyone interested in the future of the Church in Canada. The article is in a PDF
format requiring an Adobe Acrobat reader. If clicking on the link does not bring this file
up for you, try this:  right click on the link,  left click on
"Save target as",  give the file a filename and save into the directory of
your choice on your computer,  start Acrobat and open the file.
2000 PCC Demographic Study.
This is the second study of the Study Group to Research Denominational
Membership Decline. While the first study (at the top of
this page) looked at the change in membership in the past 20 years, this one considers the
makeup of our membership today and what we may look like 20 years from now. This report
will be presented to the General Assembly in June of 2001. This is a Powerpoint
Gods: The Renaissance of Religion in Canada, by Dr. Reginald Bibby.
Here is a review of Bibby's 2002 book. The review is written by
Rev. Dr. Stuart Macdonald, Associate Professor of Church and Society at Knox
2001 Canadian Census: Religion in Canada. Find here
the general report from Statistics Canada on the shifting religious scene in
Canada. A more
statistical version is here.
TimeLine: Forthcoming. This is a simple tool to analyse
a congregation's current reality through the lens of its history.