From Visitor to a Full Spectrum of Member Engagement (Training)

Faith traditions are all in a time of transition and the UU faith is no exception. As we struggle to consider what Unitarian Universalist faith will look like in the world of congregations and beyond let us come together to consider some new perspectives on the traditional ideas of membership.

In this class we will expand upon the idea of a faith tradition that looks beyond the goal of increasing membership to a considering together what a full Spectrum of Engagement in our UU Faith might look like. This spectrum was first presented at GA 2015 by Carey McDonald, Marie Blohowiak, and Lori Emison Clair.

Fostering a Culture of Connection

  • Membership as Ministry
Spectrum of Faithful Relationship: Curious Individual, Welcomed Visitor, Connected Friend, Engaged Participant, Integrated Leader
  • Welcoming the Stranger – Greeting as a spiritual practice
  • Pathway from Visitor to Community Member
  • Building a Community of Engagement

Creating a Culture of Belonging

  • Fostering connections among all
  • Program Development
  • Group Management/ Support (Affinity Groups)

Striving for Integration and Leadership

  • Engagement Tracking
  • Retention

Training fee: $15 per participant

Take the Membership Engagement Training

(Note: You will redirected to a separate website, UU Institute, a online learning management system (LMS) managed by the UUA.)

How To Take Trainings from the UU Leadership Institute

Register for trainings at UU Institute. Once you register you will get an email with a confirmation link that you need to click to activate the account. (You may need to check your spam folder. Please add to your safe senders list.)

There is a a full video tutorial on how register for the site, purchase a training and how to navigate the trainings.

About the Author

Lori Emison Clair

Lori Emison Clair worked with the amazing staff at First Unitarian Church in Des Moines from 2004 to 2015. During Lori’s 11 years on staff, First Unitarian membership grew from 240 to 539. Lori’s position began as part-time Membership Coordinator overseeing a mostly lay-led visitor process to...

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