Leadership for a Bold Church
We’ve asked Bill McKinney, PSR’s President Emeritus, to write a regular blog for this website, and we’re delighted that he’s agreed. Bill’s academic training in Sociology of Religion, his long tenure as an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ, and his many years in theological education make him one of the keenest observers we know of American churches and the public voice of American religion. In his new position as Senior Consultant for the Center for Progressive Renewal, Bill continues his work toward greater vitality for both “historic and emerging faith communities”.
Bill will post regularly in this space. He speaks for himself, of course—not on behalf of PSR or the PSR faculty—but we think you’ll find his words insightful and provocative as always. You’re welcome to post comments, but Bill also welcomes your e-mail to him directly, at wmckinney[at]psr[dot]edu.
Until a year ago I resisted developing my own blog. During 14 years as a seminary president there was too little time for the things I needed to do.
Congregations have been a big part of my life. I’ve been a member of seven and have worked with hundreds of others as a preacher, consultant, researcher and friend.
In the past several years increasing numbers of churches have been asking whether the interim ministry model is appropriate in all cases of pastoral transition.
I've agreed to blog from time to time at Vital Signs and Statistics, a WordPress blog edited by Kristina Lizardy-Hajbi, director of the United Church of Christ's CARD program.
An e-mail letter arrived in my mailbox this week from the board of directors of New Spirit Community Church in Berkeley, California.
I’m a bit late posting my recommendations for books of the year for 2013.
Christmas and Holiday Blessings from the McKinneys
"Pilgrims on a Journey," A Sermon Preached for the Installation of Rev. Susan Brecht as Pastor and Teacher of Eliot Church, UCCDecember 9, 2013 - 8:50am — wmckinney
"Breaking New Ground": Installation Sermon for Rev. Esther Rendon Thompson, Union Congregational Churh, East Walpole, MassOctober 21, 2013 - 6:37am — wmckinney
Breaking New Ground
It’s Labor Day and the start of another school and church year. Up until three years ago Linda and I would have been fully immersed in campus life.