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Services for Large Congregations

Large Congregations Resources

Support services for our large congregations are organized and developed by our Congregational Life staff Team.  We provide a wide array of resources that serve the developmental needs of our larger congregations in ways that are innovative, size appropriate, and faithful to our liberal values.

Large congregations are defined as congregations with 550 or more members.  There are presently thirty-nine large congregations (PDF, 3 pages) in our association, as well as a score of larger midsize congregations (425-550 members) that receive services aimed at helping them manage the size transition and increase their impact.

With the support of our Congregational Life Innovation & Network Specialist, TRogers [at] uua [dot] org (Tandi Rogers), Congregational Life staff monitor trends among large congregations in other denominations, looking for models and methods that can be applied in a Unitarian Universalist context.

Consulting
Consulting services are provided by Regional field staff.  Contact your Regional Lead for more information.  

Library
A collection of monographs by various authors on valuable topics for the leaders of large churches: congregational size transitions, finance, leadership and governance, growth, ministry, religious education, small group ministry, and staffing matters.

Further Reading
An annotated bibliography of publications that are especially valuable for the leaders of large congregations.

Additional Resources and Links
An annotated list of agencies, links and web-based resources for the leaders of large congregations.

Specialized Resources
A recommended list of online resources assembled by Stefan Jonasson, the recently retired Director for Large Congregations.

Online & Email Forums
UUA online discussion groups, facebook pages, email lists and communications forums of particular interest to leaders in large congregations.

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For more information contact largecongregations@uua.org.