Measuring Mission’s Impact

This blog is all about statistics, right? So how do we measure the vitality of our congregations and the impact of our mission? We are used to some measures. Most of us count our worship attendance. I’m sure we all count the money that people give us. Yet, are people in the pews on Sunday…

What Church Vitality Is Not

Late spring / early summer is a busy season in the life of the United Church of Christ—many annual meetings are taking place within conferences and associations. I was privileged to attend one such meeting and offer a keynote and workshop for the Minnesota Conference annual gathering in June. The theme of the meeting was…

Caring for Pastors in Closing Congregations

This weeks blog post is written by Reverend David Schoen, Minister for Church Legacy and Closure, for the Office of Church Building and Loan Fund within Local Church Ministries. Rev. Schoen has also completed a report on Congregations that Closed in the United Church of Christ 2012-2015. “I hope I never have to do this again,” wrote…

Welcome to Baltimore

“In Baltimore, beauty and chaos live side by side.” In just a few days, the United Church of Christ’s  General Synod will begin in Baltimore, Maryland. Thousands of folks from across our denomination will gather together to ask for God’s blessing on our biennial meeting. We will meet with mission partners from around the world; we…