The Geography of Congregational Gains and Losses

This week’s blog post is written by Reverend David Schoen, Minister for Church Legacy and Closure, for the UCC Church Building & Loan Fund. Where are congregations closing as well as new congregations being received in the United Church of Christ? This study shows trends in geographical location of the 159[i] closed congregations as well as…

Caring for Pastors in Closing Congregations

This weeks blog post is written by Reverend David Schoen, Minister for Church Legacy and Closure, for the Office of Church Building and Loan Fund within Local Church Ministries. Rev. Schoen has also completed a report on Congregations that Closed in the United Church of Christ 2012-2015. “I hope I never have to do this again,” wrote…

Mind the Tiller: Leading a Church to Closure

This special post is written by The Rev. Dr. Gail Cafferata, Episcopal priest and sociologist of religion whose current research focuses on pastors who have closed churches. Dr. Gail Cafferata has worked with CARD to gather data on UCC churches that have closed between 2010 and 2012, as well as gathering information about the pastors who…