The vital church knows that a solid focus on people's gifts and talents, sometimes described as their personal ministry, is the approach to take to create a healthy church community. This suggests:
Vital churches use the opposite strategy as well:
To support this approach, a strong infrastructure of healthy systems, processes, and relationships is needed. Below are some resources that can help with this infrastructure:
Check with the UUA Bookstore for copies of the above books.
Lay leader education is also important. Leading differs from managing, and leading at church differs from leading in other settings. See Harvest the Power: Developing Lay Leadership, a Unitarian Universalist Association curriculum for church leaders.
For more information contact growthresources @ uua.org.
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Last updated on Tuesday, April 26, 2011.
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