UCC grants help grow new ways of being ‘church’ April 10, 2014
This February, Local Church Ministries received and reviewed 21 applications for New, Renewing and Multiplying Church Funding, and 16 ministries were chosen to receive $20,000 each during an 18-month period, for a total of $320,000.
First Testimony! disbursement headed to N.C. church March 31, 2014
Naples United Church of Christ and Land of the Sky United Church of Christ aren’t close in geography, or in membership. Naples UCC, in Naples, Fla., has about 1,200 members, while Land of the Sky UCC, in Asheville, N.C., has almost 150. But both congregations share the same heart, a passion for justice and community outreach, and the pursuit of excellence in everything they do. The two are linked further by Naples UCC’s contribution of $5,000 to Land of the Sky through the UCC’s Testimony! campaign.
UCC leader honored as Chicago Theological Seminary distinguished alum March 28, 2014
As a local church pastor, a communicator and a leader in the United Church of Christ, the Rev. J. Bennett Guess has long been a prophetic witness to society for justice and equality. Those reasons inspired Chicago Theological Seminary to present Guess with the 2014 Distinguished Alumni Award.
MESA team guides members discerning God’s call March 28, 2014
The UCC's Ministerial Excellence, Support and Authorization team welcomed about 50 Eastern Region Members in Discernment to Cleveland, reminding them that no matter where they are in life’s journey, they are welcome at the UCC national setting.
UCC assists lost congregations rediscover a new beginning February 24, 2014
As some congregations struggle with financing their ministry, they can lose sight of their mission as the focus becomes centered on survival. The path to regaining that focus can be hard to find, but it is not something congregations will have to navigate on their own any longer.
Turning the church faith formation model on its ear February 3, 2014
The Rev. Ivy Beckwith, team leader of the UCC Faith Formation Ministry, thinks everybody has it within them to radically change the church approach to faith formation. She shares her ideas in this conversation.
Improvements on line for UCC Yearbook January 14, 2014
Each year, reports from every one of the United Church of Christ’s 5,000 congregations and 38 conferences are funneled together to create the newest edition of the UCC Yearbook. But this year, conferences and congregations have online tools at their fingertips to make the process quicker and easier.