2020 Per Capita

Per Capita for 2020

Heartland Presbytery       $31.19

Synod                               $2.90

General Assembly            $8.95

Total Per Capita                $43.04

Per Capita is based on what the churches last reported membership on 12/31 of the latest year available while the budget is being  developed for the next year. (i.e., The 2015 budget was developed during 2014 based on the latest reported membership as of 12/31/2013.)


Per Capita’s exciting (& brief) History
The earliest mention of something like a per capita apportionment dates back to the 1700s. In the mid-1800s a “plan of mileage” was adopted by the General Assembly to defray the expenses of commissioners attending GA meetings so everyone could be present to participate regardless of distance or financial resources. Over time, per capita has been used to fund “ecclesiastical and administrative functions that are shared by the whole church.”

Per Capita Glue
So, think of per capita as part of the glue that holds Presbyterians together. It’s a set amount of money per member that congregations pay to the larger PC(USA). Every Presbyterian shares in the benefit of the PC(USA)’s system of government, so every Presbyterian is asked to share the expenses associated with coordinating and performing the functions of this system.

Why Per Capita
It is a way for all Presbyterians to share costs that belong to the whole church, to give meaning to the interdependent nature of our Presbyterian polity. It allows us to share equitably in those things that make us Presbyterian:

  • Our theological identity
  • Our connectedness
  • Our systems of mid councils that allow elders and ministers together to discern Christ’s leading
  • Our ecumenical connections that make us part of the church universal
  • Our core structures that keep us together as a church
  • Our call to work for full participation in decision-making

Or you can think about it this way…Paying per capita is like

  • Contributing one’s dish to a potluck meal
  • Paying to be connected to the internet
  • Paying for the benefit of utilities, such as electricity, water, and phone
  • Pitching in with other passengers to pay for gas for a road trip

We thank you for your ministry and your participation in per capita!
Rev. Sheri Fry on behalf of the Heartland Presbytery Stewardship Division