Fitness Reviews: Race and Gender

Today’s CARD blog is written by the Rev. Elizabeth Dilley, Minister and Team Leader of the Ministerial Excellence, Support and Authorization (MESA) ministry team.  Fitness Reviews are conducted when a Committee on Ministry receives a concern about a minister’s conduct that raises questions about the minister’s continued fitness for ministry in and on behalf of…

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…

¡Socorro!: Why Help?

This week’s post is by Rev. Elivette “Elly” Mendez Angulo (whose pronouns are she, her, hers, ella) serves as Project Coordinator of Encuentros de Gracia y Bienvenida, an initiative of the United Church of Christ that seeks to engage the faithful in prayerful dialogue regarding the intersection of sexual orientation and Latinx identity. Rev. Elly…

Clergy Shortage or Pulpit Shortage?

At a meeting of our Conference’s Church and Ministry Council last week, we were looking at the newly released Fall 2016 Statistical Profile of the United Church of Christ. It has some graphs that should look very familiar by now, showing a denomination that continues to grow smaller. One of our younger clergy on the…