Church of Christ, Scientist

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Organization Information Record Year 2016

Name: Church of Christ, Scientist
Denomination type:
Year Reporting: 2007
Website: Visit Website
Description: The Church of Christ, Scientist, was founded in 1879 by Mary Baker Eddy "to commemorate the word and works of our Master [Christ Jesus], which should reinstate primitive Christianity and its lost element of healing" (Church Manual, p. 17). Central to the Church's mission is making available worldwide Mrs. Eddy's definitive work on health and Bible-based Christian healing, Science and Health With Key to the Scriptures, as well as its publications, Internet sites, and broadcast programs, all of which respond to humanity's search for spiritual answers to today's pressing needs.
The Church also maintains an international speakers' bureau to introduce the public to Christian Science and Mrs. Eddy. Christian Science practitioners, living in hundreds of communities worldwide are available full-time to pray with anyone seeking comfort and healing. And Christian Science teachers hold yearly classes for those interested in a more specific understanding of how to practice the Christian Science system of healing.
The worldwide activities and business of the Church are transacted by a five-member Board of Directors in Boston. About 2000 congregations, each democratically organized and governed, are located in approximately 80 countries. The church has no clergy. Worship services are conducted by lay persons elected to serve as Readers. Each church maintains a Reading Room-- a bookstore open to the community for spiritual inquiry and research; and a Sunday School where young people discuss the contemporary relevance of ideas from the Bible and Science and Health.

Contact Information Record Year 2016

Address: 210 Massachusetts Avenue
Address line 2:
City: Boston
State: Massachusetts
Zip Code: 2115
Country: United States
Phone: n/a

Media Contact Record Year 2016

Name: Mgr., Committees on Publication, Phil Davis
Phone: (617)450-3300
Email: n/a

Attesting Officer Record Year 2016

Name: Bishop Maurice D. Bingham
Position: Senior Bishop Emeritus
Phone: (601)353-0222

Membership & Attendance Record Year 2016

Full Communicants: 11,468
Other Members: 0
Total Inclusive Members: 11,468
Total Churches: 148
Average Attendance: 7,844
Membership Calculation Method: Census

Clergy Record Year 2016

Serving Churches: 193
Other Service to the Church: 5
Retired: 23
Total Clergy: 221

Religious Education Record Year 2016

Total Schools: 148
Pupils: 5,376
Staff: 900
Total Individuals: 6,276

Finance Record Year 2016

Total Benevolences: $715,581.00
Total Giving Local Expense: $12,855,697.00
Total Financial: $1,357,127,800
Receipts/Expenditures: Expenditures