How Does Clergy Age Impact Churches?

A new post from Rev. David Schoen. Rev. Schoen’s new guide Facing Your Church’s Uncertain Future: Helpful Practices for Courageous Conversations & Faithful Decisions is now available on UCC Resources.  To contact Rev. Schoen, email him at dschoen@ucc.org. How does the age of clergy impact their congregations and the church? In 2017, Barna Research released a study on the Aging of…

Remembering Savigny-le-Vieux and Thirty Children Who Were Saved: Some Lessons for the Church About Patriotism and Moral Courage

On a recent Sunday, after leading worship at Groton Community Church (UCC), I sat in on a caregiving committee meeting at one of the most progressive UCC churches in our Association. Before long, the meeting devolved into a discussion about displaying the American flag in the church sanctuary during worship services. Sigh. Later that afternoon,…

What Role Do Outdoor Ministries Play In The UCC Today?

In the nearly 20 years I’ve been in and around the United Church of Christ, no topic I’ve heard discussed has elicited more passion, argument, dissent, delight, and anguish than Outdoor Ministries, especially our camps and conference centers. The discussions I’ve heard have made even the most controversial votes at General Synod feel tame by…

Eleven Reasons Why: Redux

We, the CARD team are in the midst of completing the 2018 annual data collection for the 2019 UCC Yearbook & Directory. I want to thank the wider church for providing updated information to us, from the local church volunteer inputting membership information for their beloved congregation, to conference and association staff updating authorized ministerial…

Ministry is Always Complicated. But You May be Surprised by What People Say They Really Want From Their Minister!

Rev. Bobbie McKay, Ph.D., is 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, the Catholic Church and the…

Shining Light on Your Church’s Halo

This week, a new post from Rev. David Schoen. Rev. Schoen’s new guide Facing Your Church’s Uncertain Future: Helpful Practices for Courageous Conversations & Faithful Decisions is now available on UCC Resources.  To contact Rev. Schoen, email him at dschoen@ucc.org. What is the value of a church building to its community? I’m not referring to the real estate value of the…

Discerning Readiness for Ministry in the UCC

This week’s post is from Rev. Dr. Tony Clark, MESA Minister for Committee on Ministry Development and Leadership. The UCC Committee on Ministry Research Report[i] states “Thirty of the conferences responded to the question, ‘What requirements do you have for Members in Discernment?’…Of the 30 respondents, 15 reported that Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) was required.…