What if Churches Were Run Like Businesses?

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. The church is not a business. The…

Behind the Words

Behind many of the words that we use are numbers and data to give credibility to our thoughts and ideas. With data, we can chart and plot and see trends that otherwise we only know through intuition or anecdote. And as any student of statistics learns, numbers and data can be used in a variety…

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…