UCC’s Office of Philanthropy, Technology, Information and Communications (OPTIC) is presenting the second in a series of free online discussions featuring pastors who share how they are leading their churches toward meeting financial and membership goals. Questions will also be taken.
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Tim Hogan-Palazzo is a married, gay pastor at St. Paul’s UCC in West Milton, PA, population about 900. When he arrived there two years ago, average church attendance was 20. It’s currently 82 and the surprising thing is the socio-economic and political diversity of the congregation. Tim will be sharing some of the innovative things he’s done toward “being the church” and growing his congregation.
During Rev. Nathan Dannison's four years as the 29th Senior Minister of the First Congregational Church of Kalamazoo, Michigan, the church has undergone a renaissance of reinvestment in the life of its community. Declaring itself the "living heart of the city," the congregation has opened its campus to over 130 different agencies, justice organizations, and arts and cultural ensembles completely free of cost or expectation. This practice of embracing radical hospitality and a posture of hope has sparked rapid growth in attendance and a new sense of purpose among the members.
A renewed spirit of philanthropy has accompanied this growth, both through the offerings of the membership and vital investments by local foundations. The church has undertaken a major building restoration and renovation campaign in order to reduce the environmental impact of its historic building, protect its beautiful architecture for the benefit of future generations, and create additional space for community events in the form of a new Garden Atrium.
Although participation is free, please submit the registration form below as our capacity is limited. You will be provided with a dial-in number when we receive your registration.