Do Clergy Increase End-of-life Costs of Care?

When a loved one is challenged with a significant health crisis we request prayers for healing—just listen to the prayer requests on Sunday mornings. We want those who are struggling with health issues and who live with pain to get better. Whether it is living for second chances or for some long-awaited day or age,…

Big Data vs. Double Listening?

The internet revolution impacts about everything we do as church. Daily I find in my inbox emails which boast that they can help me fund raise better, communicate better, and retain members better; all by utilizing technology and big data. Big data is the shorthand term for the trends, patterns, and preferences revealed by our…

Signals of Motion: Minister Availability and Mobility

This week’s blog post is written by Rev. Malcolm Himschoot who supports cross-conference infrastructure for Search and Call as the denomination’s Minister for Ministerial Transitions, and Rev. Elizabeth Dilley who serves as Minister for Ministers of the Ministerial Excellence, Support and Authorization (MESA) Team within the UCC’s national setting.  In any economic downturn, researchers measure how…

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…