Multiply-Affiliated UCC Churches: Part 3

A few weeks ago, Rev. Dr. Kristina Lizardy-Hajbi began to share some of the findings from the study of multiply-affiliated congregations. As part of the ongoing series, I would like to present some of the statistically significant similarities and differences — in other words, the reliable and real differences or similarities between ecumenical congregations and…

The G-Word

A UCC pastor colleague of mine always writes the following tagline on his outgoing emails: “Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell.” (This phrase was originally written by Edward Abbey in 1977 regarding land expansion in the West.) I used to find it strange that these words held such…

Dimensions of Congregational Vitality

Linda Bobbitt, project manager of the Congregational Vitality Project for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, has spent the last several years conducting research on vital congregations. This PowerPoint presents a new way of understanding the relationship among nine areas of congregational vitality at different stages of a congregation’s life span. It’s one of the…

Multiply-Affiliated UCC Churches: Part 2

In last week’s post, I introduced the types of multiply-affiliated (or ecumenical) congregations within the United Church of Christ and promised to begin sharing the results of our office’s study of these congregations in subsequent posts. Here is the first installment in this series, which offers a general statistical picture of these churches. Two-thirds (66.5%)…