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Membership in a church is a dynamic
process for an individual
or family; increasing church membership is
also a dynamic process for a
congregation. Attracting visitors,
inviting visitors to experience the life of
the congregation, building
an intentional membership process, and working hard
to retain existing
members by creating deep sustainable relationships are all
part of the
The Unitarian Universalist Association's resource The
Membership Journey (PDF, 53 pages) is a powerful
collection of proven ways to
improve your membership process. Filled with
hundreds of ideas from
congregations and professionals from the across the
country, it can
help you with everything from making visitors feel more welcome
figuring out why members leave.
But arbitrarily picking some things to implement without
understanding what is really happening in your church is like adding
oil to your
car's engine without checking to see what the level is;
adding oil might be a
waste of resources and make no difference in how
your car runs! This is where the Congregational
Assessment and Membership Journey Diagnostic Tools come in—the purpose of these tools is to help lay leaders involved in
where to spend their volunteer time.
Continue for a discussion of using
these resources in combination.
For more information contact growthresources @ uua.org.
This work is made possible by the generosity of individual donors and congregations.
Please consider making a donation today.
Last updated on Monday, August 8, 2011.
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