Call for Blog Contributors

Do you possess: An ability to write for a theologically diverse UCC audience? A passion for research and statistics and, specifically, how research and statistics can be useful in the context of ministry and the church? An ability to interpret information in understandable, engaging ways? A commitment to using gender-inclusive or gender non-specific language when…

New Prayers – New Spirit

Rev. Bobbie McKay, Ph.D., is a UCC  minister, author, and licensed psychologist. Rev. McKay co-created The Spiritual Health Center, NFP and conducted a research study on Spiritual Life in the United Church of Christ. Based on the findings of this study, “Spiritual Life Teams” were born and the study has been extended into the Episcopal Church, the Catholic Church and the…

Repurpose, Relocate, Relinquish: Rethinking Church Buildings

This week’s post is from Rev. David Schoen, Minister for Church Legacy & Closure, UCC Church Building & Loan Fund.  To contact Rev. Schoen, email him at dschoen@ucc.org. Although the popular song We are the Church, sings “The church is not a building…..”  a church building is the vessel that expresses, supports and shelters the mission, spirit,…

Trend: A Broad Range of Calls to Ordained Ministry

This week, a new post by the Rev. Stephen Boyd, Minister for Chaplains and Ministers in Specialized Settings, and Ecclesiastical Endorser, and Rev. Malcolm Himschoot, MESA Minister for Ministerial Calls and Transitions, both team members of the Ministerial Excellence, Support, and Authorization (MESA) Ministry Team in the national setting of the UCC. The Ministerial Excellence,…

What Impact Do Pastoral Sabbaticals Have?

In the latter part of the 20th century, United Church of Christ congregations began offering paid sabbatical leave to pastors as part of their benefits package. Some pastors choose to do a little research while they’re away, but unlike academic sabbaticals, researching and publishing are not the goals. Often scheduled for three months after 4-6…