Change Agents

Last fall, I was standing in the narthex of a church where I had just given a sermon as a guest preacher when two parishioners walked up to me and introduced themselves as new members to the UCC. With a little more conversation, they shared that they had been members of the Missouri Synod Lutheran…

What Happens to a Dream Deferred?

When our team evolved and became the Center for Analytics, Research and Data (CARD – previously known as Research Services) six years ago, we gathered in a retreat center for team building and began to form our mission, vision, and purpose statement. One of the BIGs (bold, inspirational goals) that came from our meeting was…

What if We’re Doing Church Growth Wrong?

I had it drilled into my head in seminary that the church is one generation away from being just a memory. The thinking being we owe it to the coming generation of young people to share the message and bring the joy of Christ into the world before it’s too late. I suspect this was…

What’s Your Legacy?

This week’s blog post is written by Reverend David Schoen, Minister for Church Legacy and Closure, for the UCC Church Building & Loan Fund. Rev. Schoen is one of the writers of the Living Legacy; Church Legacy and Closure Resource (http://www.ucc.org/legacychurch ). To contact Rev. Schoen directly, feel free to email him at dschoen@ucc.org. A legacy, rather…

Building Spiritual Life Teams: A Program For Lay Spiritual Leadership In Your Church That ALWAYS Works!

This week’s blog post is by Rev. Bobbie McKay, Ph.D., 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,…