Measuring Mission’s Impact

This blog is all about statistics, right? So how do we measure the vitality of our congregations and the impact of our mission? We are used to some measures. Most of us count our worship attendance. I’m sure we all count the money that people give us. Yet, are people in the pews on Sunday…

How is the UCC Responding to the Refugee Crisis?

We as the United Church of Christ recently took a look at our mission statement, purpose statement, and vision. The results gave us, among other things, a vision that is short and to the point: United in Christ’s love, a just world for all. This bold proclamation requires us to be accountable for acting faithfully in a…

Mission Driven By the Numbers

This week’s post is written by the Rev. Dr. Patrick G. Duggan, Executive Director of the United Church of Christ Church Building & Loan Fund. Since 1995, Rev. Dr. Duggan has also served as senior pastor of the Congregational Church of South Hempstead in South Hempstead, New York.   In January 2017, the United Church…

UCC Evangelicals and Progressives: How They’re Different. Why It Matters.

Recently, some United Church of Christ (UCC) friends asked me what the difference is between Progressive and Evangelical churches and beliefs. With more passion than wisdom, I bit off on their bait. I said that Evangelical congregations can be Southern Baptist, Reformed, Wesleyan, and Lutheran (Missouri Synod). They can belong to charismatic or Pentecostal fellowships like the Assemblies…

A Candle Maker Finds Hope in the Numbers

This week’s post is written by the Rev. Dr. Patrick G. Duggan, Executive Director of the United Church of Christ Church Building & Loan Fund. Since 1995, Rev. Dr. Duggan has also served as senior pastor of the Congregational Church of South Hempstead in South Hempstead, New York.   Sometimes I think God has played…

What Counts, Church?

This week’s post is written by the Rev. Dr. Patrick G. Duggan, Executive Director of the United Church of Christ Church Building & Loan Fund. Since 1995, Rev. Dr. Duggan has also served as senior pastor of the Congregational Church of South Hempstead in South Hempstead, New York. Recently I read the journal from a…

Mustard Seed Church

“With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable will we use for it? It is like a mustard seed, which, when sown upon the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth; yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes the greatest of all shrubs, and puts…