Resources for Congregational Leaders
Resources for Congregational Leaders

It's almost time for a new church year and you have new congregational leaders. Where do they find resources and training they need?

Here are a few resources we think can help:

  • New or returning board member? Board Basics will be offered as a three part webinar series on August 24, September 7 and September 21 at 7:30 pm each night. Details and registration at the CER website.
  • The UU Leadership Institute is an online leadership school. Classes are $30 each and run over a full semester of about 16 weeks. Modules are released every 2 weeks and you can complete them at your own pace. Occasional webinars are scheduled for face to face conversations with classmates and the instructor. Topics vary from Healthy Leadership 101, Outreach and New Member programs to Stewardship and focus on Small congregations. The fall semester begins September. On Demand courses are available all the time. The full course list will be available soon at
  • CER YouTube Channel has videos of workshops, keynote speeches and short videos created by our staff. Topics cover the full range of congregational life. Some topics and events are organized in playlists.
  • The CER website contains several sections that can be of help to those looking for resources and help. The Events and Webinars section can show you what events are current scheduled around the region and give you details for those that are open for registration. The Programs section has detailed information on programs we regularly offer in the region including Chalice Lighters. The Resources section has links to resources for Guest In Your Pulpit, the Link2Lead Program and more.
  • If you are looking for information about your cluster, please visit our Cluster page. Here you can find information about the congregations in your cluster and links to any social media or other sites we have for the cluster. If your cluster's social media links are missing, please send them to us!
  • The UUA has resources to help congregational leaders on a variety of topics. Visit the Congregational Leaders section of the website to see what's available. Do note that this section is currently being updated, so check back often for improvements and we'll let you know when the updates are completed.
  • And finally, every congregation is assigned a regional staff person who serves as your Primary Contact. This is the person your congregation should contact for assistance on any topic. If they can't help you, they know who can. Learn more about this program and find out who your Primary Contact is at our Primary Contact page.

As always, if you can't find what you are looking for you can always contact your Primary Contact or me, Beth Casebolt, CER Communications Consultant at bcasebolt [at] uua [dot] org.

About the Author

  • Along with being a certified pediatric nurse, Beth Casebolt is the Operations Manager and Communications Consultant for the Central East Region. Prior to regionalization she served as the District Administrator for the Ohio-Meadville District, a position she held since November 2007.

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