Vulnerable Neighbors

“Do we know the family that lives next door to the church?” “Who are these new people in the community?” “How do we reach the young adults over at the college?” When folks in a congregation ask such questions, it’s often because they’re trying to get to know who their neighbors are. The trouble is…

The Paradox of Aging

This week’s post is written by the Rev. Beth Long-Higgins, Director of Outreach and Mission Integration at United Church Homes in Marion, Ohio, a member ministry of the United Church of Christ Council for Health and Human Services Ministries. As we age, our time horizons grow shorter and our goals change. When we recognize that we don’t…

Essential Things

If you’re like me, you are probably tired of reading about the research that says the church is declining. The latest such survey on American religion from the Pew Research Center found that mainline Protestant Christianity is declining at a particularly rapid rate, decreasing from 18.1 percent to 14.7 percent of the total population in…

Changing Neighborhoods One Life at a Time

Imagine your church building. Walk past the sanctuary, along a corridor, and through a hallway–there’s a room that doesn’t get much use any more. There’s nothing wrong with the room itself; but, as Sunday School attendance declined, fewer and fewer people ever venture in. It is vacant most of the week. Now, imagine a volunteer…

NEW REPORT: UCC Multiply-Affiliated Congregations

  CARD’s second original research report is now available for download! Multiply-Affiliated Congregations in the United Church of Christ, by Research Specialist Taylor Billings, provides a comprehensive look at congregations that are affiliated with one or more denominational traditions in addition to the UCC. Since nearly one in ten congregations in the UCC identify as multiply-affiliated,…