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Bi-Vocational Trends and Part-Time Realities for Ministers Serving Congregations

This week’s post is written by Rev. Elizabeth Dilley and Rev. Malcolm Himschoot of the Ministerial Excellence, Support and Authorization (MESA) Team within the UCC’s national setting.  The 2015 Statistical Profile indicates a slight increase in part-time pastoral positions in local churches of the United Church of Christ, compared to a slight decrease in full-time pastoral positions. Part-time…

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Who Funds the United Church of Christ?

In recent months, the United Church of Christ (UCC) has asked its members why they give in an effort to generate more revenue for the wider church in the future. The results of that survey are still being compiled, but it got me thinking about who funds the UCC today. I did a little research, and what…

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Bridging Generational Divides

There is a division within our culture based on the prejudice toward those who have lived six decades or more.This prejudice is ageism and there is a significant research under way to look at the issue with an initial reporting and analysis of the findings being shared through the American Society on Aging. My own…

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Does Your Congregation Have Decision Fatigue?

One of the more noticeable causes of congregational anxiety is less frequent weekly church attendance. Pastors and leaders of small congregations can relate–looking out over half-empty seating on a Sunday which “should” be full. The Barna Group, a nonprofit church research and statistics organization, reports that regular Sunday worship attendance is trending down. Over the ten-year period of…