The Amazing and Unexpected Power of Prayer

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…

To Whom Does a Pastor’s Body Belong?

Martin Luther King, Jr. was many things to many people, but in his own mind, he was first and foremost a pastor. And although he was born 39 years before he was assassinated, his body implied a different story. An autopsy on King revealed that despite his youth, he had the heart of a 60-year-old-man. My understanding…

The Waning Dominance and Influence of White Christians in America: What It Means for the United States and for the UCC

“Long the dominant group in American religious life, White Christians have fallen below a majority of the U.S. population—and are moving to the right politically as they recede.” So wrote CNN and Los Angeles Times political analyst Ronald Brownstein, in an article that highlighted the results of a 2015 Pew Research Center Religious Landscape Survey.…

Throwback 2018: What Difference Does the UCC Make?

At the end of every year, we share some of our most memorable posts from the past twelve months. This year, I’m highlighting a few of our most viewed articles. The following post from April 2, 2018 offers additional ways to analyze church vitality that coincides with the regular things we can count, such as…

Throwback 2018: What if We’re Doing Church Growth Wrong?

At the end of every year, we share some of our most memorable posts from the past twelve months. This year, I’m highlighting a few of our most viewed articles. The following post from February 26 asks questions around intergenerational connections within congregations and opportunities for growth. This post received the greatest number of views…