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2020 Statistical Report Information

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Good People:

Clerks of Session, these are your instructions for reporting 2020 Church Statistics.

Moderators of session, this is your copy and notification of the work your clerks of session are doing.

You should have received your User ID and password via email and snail mail.  If you don’t have it, call Ilene at 609/532-4625.

The time has come for clerks of session to undertake the annual statistical reporting on their congregations.  As has been the case for some time now, resources for this work will be found online only.  The information for 2020 that needs to be reported to the Presbytery and the wider church can be entered into the on-line forms by starting at the following webpage:

http://oga.pcusa.org/section/churchwide-ministries/stats/statistical-reporting-faq/

There is a link on that page for signing into the statistics reporting system. There are also some instructions and frequently asked questions. There is no longer a separate workbook and instructions for this process available online. Those functions have, supposedly, been built into the program for entering the statistics. I presume that this means that there will be glitches and problems. Please consult Ilene in the presbytery office if you have difficulties.

The system is open to report your statistics as of 9 December 2020, which means that it is open already. The deadline for reporting your information is midnight, Tuesday, 16 February 2021.

When it comes time to begin entering your data, remember, the system saves your entries as you make them. You can take a break, leave part of the work for another day, and go back to change or continue your work later, as long as you do not hit the “submit” button.  Once you hit ‘submit,’ your data is frozen.  You might find it convenient to enter the data prior to taking it to your Session for approval.  In that way, as soon as session gives its approval, you can make any last-minute changes and then hit “submit.”  Ask your Session to approve the report as soon as possible after you have prepared it.  Please remember to indicate in your session minutes that the report was approved by the Session.  Also, include in your minutes the two-page summary of your information that can be printed from the “Church Report” menu.

You are responsible for entering your own information directly on the websites shown above.  Ilene Black is willing to coach you through the process if you need help.  I am glad to answer any questions that you may have.  If you do not have access to the Internet or if your access to the Internet is via a dial-up connection, contact us and we will seek a way to make this work for you.

There may be statistics that are difficult to figure out for entering because of the pandemic this year, average worship attendance, for instance. In all such cases, make the best estimate that you can and accept that there will be inaccuracies. You will not be the only one.

Because the Presbytery of New Brunswick will cease to exist some time in 2021 and your congregation will belong to a new presbytery after that, it is particularly important to get this report done this year. I will be reminding you at the beginning of February if I do not see that your report is in. It is of particular importance that your report of membership is correct, as it will affect your per capita. The new presbyteries will have to set their own per capita rate and will be counting on this data to figure out where to set it.

You would be wise to get this done before 13 February 2020.  If you wait until close to 16 February to submit your report you will find that the Louisville computers get overloaded and you are likely to not get connected.  If you need help, please call the Presbytery office.

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