Preaching to the Choir?

I recently had a conversation with my Dean about the inherent challenges with publishing in peer-reviewed journals. These are the online and print journals that academics covet and tenure committees prize, where your academic peers evaluate your scholarship to determine its worthiness to appear in their journal. I lamented two things: (1) the extensive amount…

MDC Survey on Ministerial Effectiveness

The Ministry Development Council, an ecumenical group committed to providing training and resources for ministers and judicatories, is asking for individuals, particularly within the UCC, to respond to a survey on ministerial effectiveness. The UCC’s national setting works in partnership with this organization; and the assessment tool that will be developed from this work will…

Research on Closed Churches and Their Pastors

Over the last couple of months, our office has been working with the Center for Practical Theology at Boston University School of Theology to gather data on UCC churches that closed between 2010 and 2012, in addition to gathering information about the pastors who led those churches at the time of their closings. Dr. Gail…