Dignity for Pastors Who Close Churches

This week’s article is written by Rev. Dr. Gail Cafferata who is currently working on a book about her research on pastors who have closed churches. The UCC provided data for this project, and several UCC pastors were interviewed and completed the survey for this Louisville Institute-funded endeavor. We are grateful to Dr. Cafferata for her…

A Snapshot of Bi-Vocational Ministry in the UCC

This blog post is adapted from a PechaKucha presentation that Kathy Clark and Elizabeth Dilley, members of the Ministerial Excellence, Support and Authorization (MESA) team at the national offices, shared at an ecumenical gathering of denominational leaders in January 2015. Click here to see a video presentation of this presentation, recorded in Cleveland at the…

Anemia

This week’s blog is cross-posted in the Stillspeaking Weekly, a series designed with pastors, lay leaders and committees in mind, offering thoughtful and practical reflections that invite and inspire dialogue on how churches can strengthen their ministries. As a result of a recent routine blood test, I was told by my doctor that I have anemia due…

Call for Blog Contributors

CARD is accepting applications for regular contributors to this blog! As you may know already, the main purpose of Vital Signs & Statistics is to investigate and raise questions of importance for the United Church of Christ through relevant research and statistics. Research is broadly defined as tested qualitative and/or quantitative information that possesses relevance to the theology…

Changing Trends in the Church: Racial/Ethnic Diversity

This week, we are exploring a major trend identified in the latest wave of the National Congregations Study (NCS). According to its website, the NCS serves as “an ongoing national survey effort to gather information about the basic characteristics of America’s congregations. The first wave of the NCS took place in 1998, Wave II was fielded in…