Strategic Leadership (Training)

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The third in our suite of Leadership Development trainings, Strategic Leadership is for board members, staff, program council members, ministry executive teams, finance committees, bylaws review committees, strategic planning committees, committees on ministry and any other leaders who need to think strategically. (Note: You will redirected to a separate website,, which is managed by the UUA.)

You will:

  • gain a deeper understanding of how to focus your congregation on mission, by building trust
  • learn to develop a cohesive leadership team
  • learn about stewardship
  • learn about strategic planning
  • explore annual goal setting and ministry assessment
  • learn the basics of congregational governance.

Training materials are divided into modules, available “on demand” as pre-recorded presentations with additional reading materials, discussion questions and other resources.

Syllabus (pdf)

Prerequisites: Reading Congregational Leadership in Anxious Times, or taking Centered Leadership 100, Centered Leadership 101, Healthy Congregations®, Smart Church, UU Leadership School or equivalent.

The LeaderLab Design Team

Facilitators: This training is team-taught by various UUA Congregational Life Staff, and facilitated by the UUA Congregational Life Staff LeaderLab design team, the Rev. Dr. Jonipher Kwong, Kathy McGowan, and the Rev. Renée Ruchotzke.

Note for Leadership Development Teams

Each module has discussion questions (and sometimes activities) that you can use in person so your leaders can learn together and build deeper relationships and trust. The Facilitators monitor and respond to the discussion threads.

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About the Authors

UU Leadership Institute

Congregational Life Online Leadership Courses Transform yourself and your congregation to ensure that liberal religious values will have more impact in the world. Deepen your faith, connect with other UU leaders and grow your congregation.

Jonipher Kūpono Kwong

The Rev. Dr. Jonipher Kūpono Kwong currently serves as Interim Senior Minister at Fourth Universalist Society in New York, NY.

Kathy McGowan

Kathy McGowan has been on the Congregational Life Staff for the Southern Region of the Unitarian Universalist Association since 2013. In that time her areas of focus have been in systems thinking, theology, conflict, intercultural sensitivity, and staff supervision. She is one of the primary...

Renee Ruchotzke

Rev. Renee Ruchotzke (ruh-HUT-skee) is a Congregational Life Consultant and program manager for Leadership Development.

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