Marketing, Mission & Money

Last weekend First Congregational Church (Winter Park, FL) welcomed Cameron Trimble and Michael Piazza of the Center for Progressive Renewal.  They led a workshop for leaders from churches across Florida focused on marketing, mission and money - three of the most challenging issues facing the church today. While I was unable to attend, I benefited from it by reading some of the quotes Sarah Lund, Regional Minister of the Western Region of the Florida Conference of the United Church of Christ, Read More …

New Church Metrics

Cameron Trimble is the Executive Director of the Center for Progressive Renewal, which seeks to “renew Progressive Christianity by training new entrepreneurial leaders, supporting the birth of new liberal/progressive congregations, and by renewing and strengthening existing progressive churches.” In her article on church metrics in the Spring 2012 edition of New Times she proposes a new scorecard  for churches that is designed to more accurately reflect the relative health of Read More …

How to Reverse Mainline Decline (or not)

Rev. Cameron Trimble is the Executive Director of the Center for Progressive Renewal, which seeks to "renew Progressive Christianity by training new entrepreneurial leaders, supporting the birth of new liberal/progressive congregations, and by renewing and strengthening existing progressive churches."  Recently, she spoke in Connecticut to a group of seventy-five United Church of Christ pastors and educators.  In her speech, Trimble made the historical observation that about fifty years ago the Read More …

Restoring the Mainline’s Prophetic Voice

After 23 years at the Cathedral of Hope (UCC) in Dallas, TX, Michael Piazza accepted a call to the Virginia-Highland Church (UCC) earlier this year.  Piazza has been an important voice in the progressive Christian movement for many years and currently serves as Co-Executive Director of The Center for Progressive Renewal.  In theSpring/Summer edition of the Center's bi-annual publication, New Times, Piazza offers these challenging words:  The time is overdue for mainline churches to find their Read More …

Let us Commit to Being the New Church

In the Fall/Winter 2010 edition of the "New Times Newsletter," a periodical associated with the Center for Progressive Renewal, Amanda Hendler-Vost, co-pastor of Land of the Sky United Church of Christ shared the story of the birth this congregation.  During their first official worship service on Pentecost Sunday, 2009, co-pastor Sara Wilcox (pictured at right), included these words in her sermon: Let us commit to more than singing a new church into creation. Let us commit to being the new Read More …