The membership of a Presbyterian Church consists of all who are enrolled as communicants, together with their children.
Member- Others who worship regularly without becoming ship. communicants are called adherents.
Only communicants exercise the rights of membership. They elect the minister and other office-bearers.
The statistics of these and of sixteen others not formally in the alliance were 29,476 congregations, 26,251 ministers, 126,607 elders and 4,852,096 communicants.
1858, 6 synods, 21 presbyteries and about 15,000 communicants withdrew and organized the United Synod.