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.
1858, 6 synods, 21 presbyteries and about 15,000 communicants withdrew and organized the United Synod.
Its strength was increased by the addition: in 1863 of the small Independent Presbyterian Church of South Carolina; in 1865 of the United Synod (New School), which at that time had 120 ministers, 190 churches, and 12,000 communicants; in 1867 of the presbytery of Patapsco; in 1869 of the synod of Kentucky; and in 1874 of the synod of Missouri.