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Intersecting Snapshots: The American Mainline Church and the UCC

Are the changes and trends that are occurring in the American Protestant Church also evident in the United Church of Christ? [...] According to an ABC News/Washington Post poll, our “nation’s religious makeup has shifted dramatically in the past 15 years, with a sharp drop in the number of Americans who say they’re members of a Protestant denomination, and a rise in the number who profess no religion.”

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The Secret Sauce of Church Loan Underwriting

Church loan funds are sophisticated financial organizations that have played a pivotal role in the establishment of Christianity as the largest religion in the United States.  In terms of underwriting, CB&LF and other church loan funds use many of the same metrics to assess the financial health of potential loan partners.  Some churches are so strong in this regard that traditional banks seek to do business with them. 

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Digging into the UCC Congregation Count

Digging into the UCC Congregation Count

This year, the United Church of Christ is comprised of nearly 5,000 congregations. Looking back over the past six years (2012 – 2017) the number of congregations has declined by 238. However, just looking at the net loss doesn’t tell the whole story of what’s happening with congregations in the UCC.

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Measuring the End of Poverty

Measuring the End of Poverty

Working together from many points of entry, we can pursue Christ’s most urgent priority.  Thanks to the United Nations, we have clarity on the scope of the problem. We can shape our strategies to fit our capacities to act.  We can target the work we want to do, and know how we are performing toward goal. We can measure the end of poverty.

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Bringing on the Future: Letting Go to Let Come

Bringing on the Future: Letting Go to Let Come

We are not good at letting go or making changes in our lives and in the church.  “We’ve always done it this way” is often the unspoken words beneath our liturgies, activities and visions. Truth is, however, that capacity for adaptive change plays a decisive role for churches today.

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