Keys to the Kindom


Money and Property for Congregational Mission in The United Church of Canada

Brian Arthur Brown

276 | 9"x 9"
ISBN: 978-1-77343-410-0


In Keys to the Kindom, Brian Arthur Brown presents exciting examples of new approaches to the funding of ministries and the missional usage of buildings in preparation for the 100th anniversary of The United Church of Canada. Money and property are important matters facing congregational leaders. Brown describes both issues as subtly theological and needing to be addressed as such in practical terms.

The initiatives described here are based on principles and practices established nationally by EDGE: A Network for Ministry Development and by The United Church of Canada Foundation. They can be actively applied at the local congregational level to staunch the bleeding of membership and to reverse the closing of churches through the development of new missional enterprises.

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Brian Arthur Brown, Author

BRIAN ARTHUR BROWN writes collaboratively, always with collegial input. He has enjoyed 60 years in ministry (1962–2022): four summer mission field internships; 42 years in United Church congregations across the country; four years as retired supply; a decade as scholar-in-residence at the historic and progressive First Baptist Church in Niagara Falls, New
York; and now as minister emeritus at St. John’s Stevensville United Church on the Canadian side of the Falls. He is perhaps best known for his recent interfaith, award-winning Seven Testaments of World Religion trilogy from Rowman and Littlefield Publishing, also available from Wood Lake Publishing.

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Greer Anne Wenh-In Ng

Professor Emerita, Emmanuel College, Victoria University, University of Toronto

This work highlights the significance of United Church “ethnic minority” congregations in the past 100 years, and the potential for diverse migrant/immigrant congregations in expanding developments leading into our next century. 

Pierre Goldberger

Ministères en Français de l’Église Unie

Visionnaire, solide, stimulant, révèle le renouveau indétecté dans l’église Unie du Canada, souvent dans la marge et sans moyens adéquats, incluant Aborigène, Francophones, Communautés culturelles et les vies noires comptent. Lecture Indispensable! Enfin! Une stratégie de Esperance!

Alison Etter

Warden United Church and Knox United Church, Glace Bay, Nova Scotia

Leaders and members of congregations are seeking signs of hope. Keys to the Kindom is filled with stories of new beginnings and a concrete vision for the future – from a refreshingly Canadian perspective.

Jim Christie

Canadian Multifaith Federation, Biker Chaplain and Former Dean of Theology, University of Winnipeg

Keys to the Kindom is one part intimate memoir, one part loving tribute, one part visionary challenge. The United Church family at 100, both triumphant and assailed, has been faithful to the gospel. In not chanting a dirge, Brown charts a future, and that future rocks!

Michael Blair

United Church General Secretary

Brian Brown may be right when he says that “money is available and we have the property,” but, to flourish in diversity, congregations also need relational connections. Our established old congregations and diverse new churches and mission associations have much to offer to each other in clusters, as modelled in Keys to the Kindom.

Doug Flanders

Past Chair, The United Church of Canada Foundation

Keys to the Kindom illustrates income sources pioneered by EDGE and The United Church of Canada Foundation enabling congregations to face emergent opportunities with confidence. A must-read for all church leaders.

Carmen Lansdowne (Kwisa’lakw in her Heiltsuk First Nation)

Executive Director, First United Church Community Ministry, Vancouver

A thoughtful look at ways the United Church has engaged in missions in the past, presenting inspiring ways in which we can build again toward creative missions in the next 100 years, beginning with a timely new urban Indigenous congregational initiative.