Considering the end of a church’s ministry is a challenging, painful and difficult situation. The Michigan Conference UCC seeks to support and resource your congregation at this crossroads in your ministry. You may contact the staff person covering your local area for support. Here are some quality resources that can also help guide you:

   New Beginnings program. The Michigan Conference’s Vital Growth mission area team provides an opportunity for small churches who want to consider a fresh start to their ministry. Contact Rev. Cheryl Burke for more information.

   Sacred Stories: Continuing a Congregation’s Legacy of Ministry, a free resource for congregations from the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

   Church Record Keeping. How to properly record and archive important documents for your church.

 

Blog

   Seasons of Grace: Reflections on Church Life from the Authors of Finishing with Grace by Linda M. Hilliard and Rev. Gretchen J. Switzer

 

Books

   Empty Houses: A Pastoral Approach to Congregational Closures by Michael K. Jones

   Ending with Hope: A Resource for Closing Congregations by Beth Ann Gaede

   Finishing with Grace: A Guide to Selling, Merging or Closing Your Church by Linda M. Hilliard and Rev. Gretchen J. Switzer

   Legacy Churches by Stephen Gray and Franklin Dumond

   Toward the Better Country: Church Closure and Resurrection by Gail Irwin and Dave Schoen

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