Better Ministry Evaluation

As the Minister for Ministers in Local Churches for the Ministerial Excellence, Support and Authorization (MESA) ministry team, I regularly receive requests from congregations who want to evaluate their ministers. Some are thrilled with their pastor’s leadership and want to encourage her (and maybe ensure she stays longer!). Some are angry with their pastor’s leadership…

NEW REPORT: Congregational Vitality and Ministerial Excellence

The UCC’s Center for Analytics, Research and Data (CARD) recently completed a year-long preliminary study examining the relationship between congregational vitality and ministerial excellence. You can find it here! The conclusions provide important points of consideration for churches, ministers, and leaders who educate and train pastors. I encourage you to forward this report to you…

Pastoral Leadership That Matters

Leadership matters. More specifically, pastoral leadership matters. In every setting of congregational life, talk of leadership abounds. In the United Church of Christ, the vision plan of the national setting includes the goal of having “a wealth of prepared, excellent leaders that reflect the diversity of God’s beloved community.” But what kind of leadership matters? Too…

Research vs. Evaluation

Our office recently administered a survey designed to examine the relationship between congregational vitality and ministerial competence / excellence. In particular, the goal was to see whether–on a large scale–particular indicators of vitality correlated with characteristics and qualities of ministerial competence. Last fall, we asked UCC Conference Ministers (leaders of the 38 regional judicatory bodies…

MDC Survey on Ministerial Effectiveness

The Ministry Development Council, an ecumenical group committed to providing training and resources for ministers and judicatories, is asking for individuals, particularly within the UCC, to respond to a survey on ministerial effectiveness. The UCC’s national setting works in partnership with this organization; and the assessment tool that will be developed from this work will…