UCC Ministerial Employment: Facts and Figures

The Fall 2014 UCC Statistical Profile is now available! As I previously mentioned, this year’s edition features a special report on ministerial employment and compensation in the UCC. In looking at this information in conjunction with general statistics and demographics on authorized ministers, there are a number of summarizing statements we can make with regard to…

The Numbers Game

Every Sunday after worship, Oscar could be relied upon to update Rev. Ellen on the morning’s worship attendance total. “We were down by seven this week.” Or, “Ten new visitors—let’s hope that boosted our offering!” Rev. Ellen dreaded Oscar’s weekly report (which usually came during the fellowship hour when she was connecting with people) because…

No One Should Have To Do This Alone!

This week’s post is written by Rev. Dr. Gail Cafferata, who has undertaken a special research project on pastors who close churches. Her study included surveying and interviewing UCC pastors for this project. I’ve posted previously about this study; but here is Gail, in her own words, sharing with the UCC an initial summary of the…

2014 UCC Statistical Profile: A Sneak Peek

This is the time of year when I spend hours analyzing and interpreting the latest annual data we’ve collected for the production of the UCC Yearbook & Directory. The Statistical Profile, the yearly compilation of this data, is the end result of this work and will be released in mid-October. Here is a sneak peek…