Fitness Reviews: Race and Gender

Today’s CARD blog is written by the Rev. Elizabeth Dilley, Minister and Team Leader of the Ministerial Excellence, Support and Authorization (MESA) ministry team.  Fitness Reviews are conducted when a Committee on Ministry receives a concern about a minister’s conduct that raises questions about the minister’s continued fitness for ministry in and on behalf of…

The Conundrum of Counting Churches

This week’s post is from Rev. David Schoen. Rev. Schoen’s new guide Facing Your Church’s Uncertain Future: Helpful Practices for Courageous Conversations & Faithful Decisions is now available on UCC Resources.  To contact Rev. Schoen, email him at dschoen@ucc.org. Have you ever wondered how many churches there are in the United States? Or, how many churches are closing every year in…

Come Along for the Ride: General Synod 32

On Friday, nearly 2,500 (online registrants counted only – many more people will register in person) UCC staff, delegates, members, moderators, ministers, and visitors will be in Milwaukee, Wisconsin for the biennial meeting we call General Synod. In addition to delegates meeting to conduct denominational business, there will be several workshops, exhibits, vendors, inspirational worship…

LOVE IS WHERE YOU FIND IT: The Power of Love in Spiritual Life

Rev. Bobbie McKay, Ph.D., is a UCC  minister, author, and licensed psychologist. Rev. McKay co-created The Spiritual Health Center, NFP and conducted a research study on Spiritual Life in the United Church of Christ. Based on the findings of this study, “Spiritual Life Teams” were born and the study has been extended into the Episcopal Church, the Catholic Church and the…

What if Churches Were Run Like Businesses?

This week’s post is written by the Rev. Dr. Patrick G. Duggan, Executive Director of the United Church of Christ Church Building & Loan Fund. Since 1995, Rev. Dr. Duggan has also served as senior pastor of the Congregational Church of South Hempstead in South Hempstead, New York. The church is not a business. The…

How Does Clergy Age Impact Churches?

A new post from Rev. David Schoen. Rev. Schoen’s new guide Facing Your Church’s Uncertain Future: Helpful Practices for Courageous Conversations & Faithful Decisions is now available on UCC Resources.  To contact Rev. Schoen, email him at dschoen@ucc.org. How does the age of clergy impact their congregations and the church? In 2017, Barna Research released a study on the Aging of…

Military Chaplaincy: Numbers and Testimony

This week, a new post by the Rev. Stephen Boyd, Minister for Chaplains and Ministers in Specialized Settings, and Ecclesiastical Endorser, a member of the Ministerial Excellence, Support, and Authorization (MESA) Ministry Team in the national setting of the UCC. In these challenging times, the Endorsement Office of the United Church of Christ finds itself…