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Congregational Management

Running a Unitarian Universalist (UU) congregation takes the efforts of lay and ordained leaders in a wide variety of areas.

Resources for Healthy, Vital Congregations

Our Church Office section has resources to facilitate congregational administration, including information on buildings & grounds and congregational staffing.

For trainings, guides, and tips on congregational websites, newsletters, PR, and the use of social media, see Communications.

Disability & Accessibility includes checklists and walkthroughs to make sure you're ready to welcome people of all ability levels.

Congregational Finance includes information for treasurers, finance committees, canvass and stewardship teams, and accountants.

For leadership development, vision & mission crafting, and issues of polity and bylaws, see Governance.

Growing Your Membership offers membership assessment tools, tips for newcomer hospitality, marketing materials, resources for small, midsize and large congregations, and more.

A guide for creating a lay pastoral care team, along with information about specialized UU ministries, is in Member Support & Caring.

Safe Congregations has guides on everything from conflict management to responsible staffing and what to do in the case of sexual misconduct in your congregation.

UUA Relations describes the ways that individual congregations and the Unitarian Universalist Association relate, from becoming a member congregation to contributing financially, sharing information, and receiving services.

When you plan a service, start with WorshipWeb for words for worship as well as in-depth guides for enriching and deepening your congregation's worship experience.

Curricula for children, youth, adults, and multigenerational groups in congregations and faith development resources for lay leaders, religious professionals, families, and seekers of all ages are in our Religious Education area.

Resources for staffing, professional credentialing, salary recommendations, and health coverage are in Careers & Callings.

Working for justice is a vital part of Unitarian Universalist faith; see Social Justice for position statements and resources for engaging in justice work on personal, congregational, and public levels.

Advice By and For Congregational Leaders

The UU Bulletin is a collection of announcements and updates from the staff groups and committees of the UUA, the Church of the Larger Fellowship, and the Unitarian Universalist College of Social Justice.

InterConnections is an email newsletter that publishes tips and stories about vital congregations for lay leaders and the professional staff who work with them.

Drive Time Essays are articles to read (or listen to) featuring wisdom for and by Unitarian Universalist leaders.

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Last updated on Thursday, May 30, 2013.

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