Resources to Help You Start New Church Year Right
The new church year is underway. Newly elected board members have been on the job since June or July at many congregations, and board retreats are scheduled this month or next. Religious education offerings have been organized and added to the calendar, and worship themes have been developed.
But there is still a lot to do and to think about as a new church year gets underway. For those times when you need information but don’t know where to find it, turn to InterConnections. For 15 years, InterConnections has been reporting about issues that leaders grapple with, and most of that information is online, available at the drop of a search word.
Here are some past articles that are especially timely as the church year begins:
- Check out Ten Good Ideas for New Board Presidents. Board members may find it useful to listen to a webinar on Robert’s Rules and Meeting Management, by the Rev. Dr. Lisa Presley.
- Learn how the youth group at the Winchester, Mass., Unitarian Society excels at service work.
- Explore the Best Ways for Congregations to Add Programs, an article about creating a process for adding programs.
- Read a description of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) program FORTH, which focuses on stewardship, rather than fundraising.
- Review security practices at church, including safeguarding against intruders and planning what to do in the event of medical emergencies and natural disasters.
- Be part of conversations about growth, worship, young adults, using social media, and spiritual practices through Unitarian Universalist (UU) Growth and Media Labs on Facebook.
- Find out if there is a campus near you that needs a UU ministry. Campus Ministry Takes Many Forms might be the inspiration you need.
Staff of the various UUA regions is always available to help. There are also many UUA-sponsored email lists, at uua.org/lists, where you can lay out a question or a concern and get information from other leaders who have been challenged by those same issues. Among the most widely used lists are UU-Leaders, Memb-L (with a focus on membership and welcoming), and UU-Money.
UUA staff members have also created troves of archived webinars covering many congregational issues.
Remember, InterConnections is available to anyone, not just board members. Consider signing up committee members and others for a monthly email that describes the newest articles and blog posts. And please feel free to interconnections [at] uua [dot] org (email )interconnections [at] uua [dot] org for help locating resources or to share the news of what your congregation is doing well.