Welcome to The Nahant Village Church:
An Open and Affirming Congregation of the United Church of Christ
As Rev. Jeff gets to know Nahant and NVC, he’s like to bring the congregation together online weekly. This can help us get to know him and give us a chance to see each other during the pandemic. These Zoom gatherings will be Wednesdays at 7 pm starting February 3.
Z Zoom Information
Meeting ID: 840 9063 1883
Dear Nahant Village Church Community,
Meet our Interim Pastor
REV. G. JEFFREY MACDONALD
The Rev. G. Jeffrey MacDonald (Jeff) is a UCC pastor, journalist and church consultant. He draws on skills honed over 30 years in journalism to uncover, analyze and report what enables vitality to flourish in mainline Protestant congregations that have no full-time clergy. Drawing on research, he helps congregations develop systems to boost ministry impact while lowering expenses.
Rev. Jeff is a Marblehead native who now lives in Swampscott but still roots for Marblehead at Thanksgiving football games. After an early career writing for daily newspapers in North Carolina and Vermont, he earned a Master of Divinity from Yale Divinity School in 2000. Since then, he’s been back on the North Shore practicing freelance journalism and part-time ministry. He’s covered major news events, such as the Sandy Hook massacre for The Christian Science Monitor and the Boston Marathon bomber trial for USA Today. These days he writes mostly for niche publications that document what the Holy Spirit is doing in mainline congregations, such as The Living Church and Duke University’s Faith & Leadership magazine.
Rev. Jeff has served in part-time pastorates in Amesbury and Newbury, where in 2015 he helped launch a food pantry that now serves up to 200 guests per week. He currently serves as the part-time Interim Pastor of First Congregational Church in Kensington, NH and he’s on the Board of Directors for the Northeast Area of the Southern New England Conference of the UCC. He’s authored two books. Thieves in the Temple: The Christian Church and the Selling of the American Soul (Basic Books, 2010) explores the challenge of shaping strong moral character in an age of consumer-driven religion. Part-Time is Plenty: Thriving Without Full-Time Clergy (Westminster-John Knox Press, 2020) analyzes what’s happened at 20 mainline congregations where vitality increased after switching from full- to part-time clergy. When not pastoring or writing, Jeff enjoys vegetarian cooking, sailing and walking the shoreline trail from Swampscott to Nahant.
An Open And
On Pentecost 2014, Nahant Village Church became “Open & Affirming” ~ the 140th church in our Conference, and the 1200th in our denomination.
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Tuesday's at 10:00 a.m.
Meeting ID: 838 6095 4980
Friday's at 5:00 p.m.
Meeting ID: 881 0920 8580
Sunday's at 10:30am
Meeting ID: 874 0946 3319