Cultivating Enough Leaders

Q. One of the things we struggle with as a congregation is cultivating enough leaders. Our current leaders are getting burned out and there aren’t enough new ones coming up to replace them. We’re getting frustrated.

A. Try the following ways, says Eunice Benton, district executive for the Unitarian Universalist Association Mid South district: When people join the congregation get them involved in something small. If they seem to have the necessary maturity and skills, cultivate them as leaders by giving them larger assignments. Also, create a team to monitor leadership development and to keep an ongoing “talent bank.” Put money in the budget to send potential leaders to denominational conferences and trainings including General Assembly Benton. “Clear intention, good practices and habits—and a willingness to invest some funds toward the congregation’s leadership—are the elements that keep them coming.”

About the Author

  • Donald E. Skinner was the founding editor of the InterConnections newsletter for congregational leaders and a senior editor of UU World from 1998 until his retirement in 2014. He is a member of the Shawnee Mission Unitarian Universalist Church in Lenexa, Kansas.

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