Has the Church Squeezed Young People Out?

Short answer: yes. Long answer: church is a luxury that many can’t afford. Disagree? Consider Squeezed as your summer read. I read books to find out new ideas, get fresh perspectives, and catch a glimpse into different people’s lives. It’s rare for a book to also really resonate with my own state of mind and…

Insights on Vital Transformative Congregations

This week’s blog post is written by Reverend David Schoen, Minister for Church Legacy and Closure, for the UCC Church Building & Loan Fund. How would you define and describe spiritually vital transformative congregations? Faith Communities Today recently released Vital Congregations, a study on the meaning of spiritual vitality, as well as on becoming vital congregations,…

8,000 Days

Many live by the mantra of taking things “one day at a time”, but the researchers at MIT’s AgeLab suggest that we think of the lifespan through the lens of life phases comprised of 8,000 days  —or roughly 20 years. The first 8,000 are about “Growing”. The second 8,000 days are for “Learning”, including starting…

Loaves and Fishes, the Church and the Hungry

Some of my favorite stories from the bible are the ones where Jesus takes some loaves of bread and a few fish and feeds the thousands of hungry people who have come to hear him teach and experience his healing touch. There is something so simple, so satisfying about feeding those who are hungry. I…

The Costs of Ministry – And Who Pays?

This week’s post is by Rev. Malcolm Himschoot who serves the United Church of Christ as the Minister for Ministerial Transitions with the Ministerial Excellence, Support, and Authorization (MESA) Team. He is also current Vice President of the Board of the Interim Ministry Network. Possible changes to the clergy tax benefit of designated housing allowance…