Designated Giving in the MACUCC
Sustaining Pastoral Excellence Endowment Campaign
Now well over half our pastors who serve churches – and nearly 100% of our newly ordained clergy – are participating in clergy groups we call Communities of Practice. By sharing their wisdom, experience, struggles and plans, they form a circle of accountability that enhances their effectiveness and deepens their faithfulness. The benefits of these discussions are then lived out in hundreds of our congregations. Indeed, the Pastoral Excellence Program has changed the culture of ministry in the Massachusetts Conference. Having created such a successful program, we want to make certain that it will continue to anchor ministry in Massachusetts for generations to come. By contributing to the Sustaining Pastoral Excellence Endowment Campaign, your congregation can help to ensure that the UCC in Massachusetts will have the best possible pastoral leadership.
Demographics are shifting. In all the major urban areas of Massachusetts, the diverse Hispanic population is growing. Churches that have intentionally partnered with and housed Hispanic ministries are experiencing a vibrant cross-fertilization in church life and worship. And many Hispanic UCC churches have opened or are emerging: there are current and evolving ministries in Jamaica Plain, Lowell and Worcester, and ministries emerging in Everett, Southbridge and Lawrence. Hispanic Ministries began as a program of the Massachusetts Conference in 2001, and hundreds of lives have been touched and changed since. But funding for this ministry runs out in 2011. Will your church consider making a commitment to the future of Hispanic Ministries in the MACUCC?
Whenever disaster strikes, the United Church of Christ is there providing both immediate and long term relief. You can be assured that 100% of your disaster relief gifts go to help those in need. Make sure to indicate the disaster being contributed to on your remittance form or the memo on your check.