Insights on Vital Transformative Congregations

This week’s blog post is written by Reverend David Schoen, Minister for Church Legacy and Closure, for the UCC Church Building & Loan Fund. How would you define and describe spiritually vital transformative congregations? Faith Communities Today recently released Vital Congregations, a study on the meaning of spiritual vitality, as well as on becoming vital congregations,…

8,000 Days

Many live by the mantra of taking things “one day at a time”, but the researchers at MIT’s AgeLab suggest that we think of the lifespan through the lens of life phases comprised of 8,000 days  —or roughly 20 years. The first 8,000 are about “Growing”. The second 8,000 days are for “Learning”, including starting…

How Our StillSpeaking God Is Transforming Her StillConsequential Church, But Church People Are StillResisting and StillTalking Past One Another

Churches and denominations are being buffeted by momentous social change—and many good church people are in denial about, or are resisting, what is happening all around them. For example, recent Barna Group research suggests that “many of those outside [of] Christianity, especially younger adults, have little trust in the Christian faith” or in churchgoers. They…