What Ministers (Should) Expect in an ONA Denomination

This week’s post is written by Rev. Malcolm Himschoot who supports cross-conference infrastructure for Search and Call as the denomination’s Minister for Ministerial Transitions. He works with the Ministerial Excellence, Support and Authorization (MESA) Team in Cleveland. Once upon a time as a new ordinand, he was featured in the United Church of Christ-produced transgender-related…

A Peek at the New UCC Manual on Ministry Draft, and Two General Comments about the Streamlined Marks of Faithful and Effective Authorized Ministers and the Unified Ministerial Code

So, I used to have this ministry colleague, George, who carried a stack of dog-eared 3×5 cards in his hip pocket. George had scribbled the Sermon on the Mount and assorted Bible verses on those cards, and he consulted them frequently, he said, in an effort to live a more virtuous and holy life. He kept…

Theatrical Performance as Evangelism and Spiritual Discipline

Embodying Sacred Texts through Stage Direction, Character Interpretation and Relationship Building with Actors The world of the theater has always been an important part of my life, whether it be acting onstage, working backstage or sitting in front of the stage. As a biblical storyteller, I can integrate my skills and talents as a performer…

Reaching People in a Time of Change

Hello! I’d like to do a little experiment right now to make a point. I want you to walk away from your desktop, laptop, or whatever device you are reading this on and go find the nearest 45 rpm vinyl record in your office, home or apartment. Go ahead. I’ll be here when you get…

What is the Faith-based Non-Profit Difference?

There we were. In the parlor of the church all sitting around the room for an informal conversation in which I had been invited to share about the ministry of United Church Homes, one of the 73 organizations that is a covenanted member of the Council for Health and Human Service Ministries of the UCC.…