What is the Faith-based Non-Profit Difference?

There we were. In the parlor of the church all sitting around the room for an informal conversation in which I had been invited to share about the ministry of United Church Homes, one of the 73 organizations that is a covenanted member of the Council for Health and Human Service Ministries of the UCC.…

On the Streets, In Schools and Prisons…..and Yes, in the Church: Meeting the Pastoral Needs of a Broad and Diverse World

This week’s post is written by Rev. Elizabeth Dilley of the Ministerial Excellence, Support and Authorization (MESA) Team within the UCC’s national setting.  Last week’s CARD blog focused on the clergy supply issue in the UCC. I read it with some surprise, because in the work of the Ministerial Excellence, Support and Authorization (MESA) ministry team…

Where Have All the Pastors Gone?

Editor’s Note: This original piece is written by Rev. David Lindsey, one of our esteemed writers. However, in the review of this article, we realized that some of the data needed to be placed into a larger context. It is our view that there is not – nor will there be in the near future –…

Retirement or Inspirement

I was surprised when I heard a conference staff person reflect that upwards of 80% of the conflicted churches with whom they were invited to help facilitate resolutions involved a retired clergy who was a member of the congregation. Whether the previously mentioned retired clergy was at one time the pastor of the church in…

How Can Pastors Resist?

As I write these words, the United States is in the grip of a political crisis caused by an executive order, which many are calling an in-everything-but-name Muslim Ban. I can only imagine what the headlines of today are saying, but I suspect it is something worse. So, what are we as pastors or people…