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  • 7 Tips for Creative Facilitation

    Leaders who want to engage the creativity of the congregation in a process (such as the creation of guiding documents or strategic plans) can learn to ask questions and host conversations that will facilitate group learning.
    By UUA Congregational Life Staff Group | 3/15/2019
  • Creating Guiding Documents: Effective Practices

    Guiding documents like bylaws, covenants, mission statements, vision statements and strategic plans are developed in consultation with the congregation as a whole so that there is a general sense of trust and ownership. The documents can then serve as guides for the board,...
    By Renee Ruchotzke, UUA Congregational Life Staff Group | 3/15/2019
  • Why Undertake Vision, Mission, and Covenant Work?

    Congregations that have living vision, mission, and covenant statements are the ones that are growing—not only in numbers but also in the depth of membership commitment.
    By UUA Congregational Life Staff Group | 3/14/2019
  • Strengthening Your Congregation’s Justice Work

    This webinar recording will present ways congregations can partner with other organizations to further and deepen their justice work.
    By Southern Region of the UUA | 3/13/2019
  • Planning Your Pledge Drive - LATE!

    Your pledge drive needs to happen soon, but it is late and you still don’t have a drive leader, or maybe just got one in place! We will present 11th-hour strategies and learn from each other’s experiences.
    By Southern Region of the UUA, Stewardship for Us | 3/13/2019
  • Membership Resources Webinar

    Our congregations have come a long way in welcoming visitors and new members but they still struggle to engage and keep them for the long term. Learn some tools that will be helpful on how to begin to see the membership path in a new light.
    By Southern Region of the UUA | 3/13/2019
  • Safety First! Webinar

    Our congregations strive to be safe and welcoming places to all. It is impossible to make a congregation 100% safe; however, there are steps that you can take to make your congregation safer. Learn how at this webinar.
    By Southern Region of the UUA | 3/13/2019
  • A Theology for Leaders

    What do we need as a core theology to take down today's giants of racism, patriarchy, environmental destruction, and other ills of the 21st century?
    By Renee Ruchotzke | 3/1/2019
  • Faith Development is All We Do

    Everything we do is Faith Formation - Everything we teach is Unitarian Universalism - The Congregation is the Curriculum
    By Connie Goodbread | 2/20/2019
  • Facilities Management Basics (aka Buildings and Grounds)

    Who is responsible for the oversight, management and upkeep of your buildings and surrounding property?
    By UUA Congregational Life Staff Group | 2/5/2019
  • Governance Manual for Congregational Boards

    What are the basic documents that every board member should have at their fingertips? Here is a handy list to construct your own board manual.
    By Sunshine Jeremiah Wolfe, David Pyle, UUA Congregational Life Staff Group | 1/22/2019
  • Keep Your Communication Channels Open!

    With so many ways to mis-communicate and mis-understand in our congregations, we need to develop healthy communication habits and norms.
    By Renee Ruchotzke | 11/29/2018
  • 20 Suggestions for a Welcoming Congregational Office

    An accessible, attractive and efficient office space makes staff, volunteers and visitors happy and productive!
    By Anne Odin Heller | 11/21/2018
  • Generative Conversations in Congregations

    There are times when leaders need to take time and space to struggle with deeper questions. Generative conversations can create that kind of space
    By Phillip Lund | 11/19/2018
  • Triangulation and other Systems Thinking Concepts

    S-H-I-F-T is a way to remember the basics of emotional systems (Self-Differientation, Homeostasis, Identified patient, emotional Familiy field, and Triagulation) and how they operatin in congregations.
    By Connie Goodbread | 11/19/2018
  • Disagreement, Dissent and Creative Conflict

    Learning how to be in community with people who have different opinions or experiences is essential in UU congregations.
    By Renee Ruchotzke | 11/19/2018
  • Moving Towards Family Ministry Webinar

    A conversation among religious educators about what congregations are trying and what's working.
    By Patricia Infante | 11/9/2018
  • Job Descriptions for Board Officers

    What are typical job descriptions for the officers on a congregational board? Here is summary of typical roles and responsibilties.
    By Renee Ruchotzke | 10/31/2018
  • Keeping Your Church Building and People Safe

    Where to find information and links to UUA resources from out Safe Congregations team. It includes resources and sample policies to prevent and address violence, abuse, harassment, inappropriate behavior, and other threats to safety.
    By UUA Congregational Life Staff Group | 10/31/2018
  • Teaching Parents: How to Make RE a Family Practice

    How can Religious Educators help parents be the primary religious educators for their children? This webinar presented practices and tools that parents can use to reinforce meaningful participate in a faith community.
    By Patricia Infante | 10/18/2018
  • Using Experiential Education in youth ministry

    Experiential Education theory is a powerful tool for youth ministry: for debriefing, planning activities, and pastoral care.
    10/5/2018
    Filed in: Youth Ministry
  • Balancing Youth and Adult Leadership

    Guidance for balancing youth and adult leadership in UU youth programs with the goal of youth-adult partnership.
    10/5/2018
    Filed in: Youth Ministry
  • October is Benefits Tune-Up Month!

    Is your congregation an employer? In other words do you pay folks to do work? Be it a minister, religious educator, custodian, musician, administrator or some other position? Are any of those folx participants in any of the UUA plans? Retirement, health insurance, etc?
    By Jan Gartner | 10/4/2018
  • Stewardship Overview for Congregational Presidents

    A supportive board is essential for a successful stewardship campaign. This overview helps congregational boards understand what is needed.
    By William Clontz, Southern Region of the UUA, Stewardship for Us | 10/4/2018
  • Stewardship Re-envisioned: Moving Beyond the Pledge Drive

    This recorded workshop explores evolving alternatives and additions to the traditional pledge drive stewardship model, designed to reduce anxiety, energize volunteers, and engage those who are not typical pledgers. Case studies will be used to spark new ideas.
    By Central East Region of the UUA | 10/3/2018
  • Stewardship for Congregations in Transition

    A workshop to explore ideas and approaches for strengthening stewardship in congregations experiencing ministerial transition. Presented by Rev. Roberta Finkelstein, Andrea Lerner and Barry Finkelstein.
    By Andrea Perry Lerner | 10/3/2018
  • Electronic Giving in Congregations

    First Unitarian Society in Minneapolis recently started an electronic giving program and share with us what they are learning. Presented by Allan Callander, Former Finance Director at First Unitarian Society of Minneapolis. Host: Rev. Sharon Dittmar
    By First Unitarian Society of Minneapolis, Minneapolis, MN, Sharon Dittmar, MidAmerica Region of the UUA | 10/3/2018
  • Make Room for All: Accessibility and Inclusion Issues in Congregational Life

    Opening our doors to people of all abilities is the less talked about test of inclusion in our congregations. This webinar discusses “disability etiquette” and explores the many ways in which our congregations can be more accessible and more welcoming to people with a variety of...
    By Mark Bernstein, UU Association of Membership Professionals (UUAMP), MidAmerica Region of the UUA | 10/3/2018
  • Who should be the Congregation's Executive in Policy Governance?

    Congregational Life Staff are often asked who performs executive functions in UU Congregations under policy governance. Here are some considerations.
    By David Pyle | 9/27/2018
  • How to Read Congregational Financial Documents

    This video walks you through the basics of reading Congregational financial documents.
    By David Pyle, Beth Casebolt | 9/14/2018
  • Congregation Participation in Ends Development Process

    For congregations using Carver Policy Governance, it's important to have congregational involvement and engagement with "Ends Statements." Using a "World ​Café" process like this one is a recommended method.
    By UUA Congregational Life Staff Group | 8/19/2018
  • Help Keep Your Board Out of the Weeds with "Dashboard" Financial Reports

    It's hard for boards to operate with a 30,000 foot view of the congregation's finances when they are given detailed spreadsheets of tracking the minutia of the budget. A much more useful tool is a "dashboard" report.
    By Renee Ruchotzke | 8/16/2018
  • Crowdfunding UU Dreams Through Chalice Lighters and Faithify

    Presented during General Assembly 2018 as one of the poster sessions. Crowdfunding Programs available in Unitarian Universalism.
    By Andrea Perry Lerner | 6/4/2018
  • Talking About Money as People of Faith

    The power of money in our own lives often goes unexamined. This plays out in our congregations in all sorts of ways. What would it mean to your congregation to be able to talk about money in ways that are life-giving and healing?
    By Jan Christian, Kay Crider | 5/30/2018
    Filed in: LeaderLab
  • Engaging Emerging Adult Leaders in Congregations

    Find guiding questions, ideas and best practices for emerging-adult-friendly congregations (ages 18-24).
    By Eric Bliss, Sarah Gibb Millspaugh, Annie Gonzalez Milliken | 5/16/2018
  • GA Presentation on Skills to Grow other Leaders

    Workshops and presentations at General Assembly (GA), the annual meeting of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA), have been provided by a variety of Unitarian Universalist (UU) organizations and UUA staff groups over the course of several decades. Not all presentations...
    5/2/2018
  • Assessment Tools for Lay Ministry

    Congregations become "smarter" as systems as they develop feedback loops that enable the system to learn from its past successes and challenges. Here is a tool that you can use to improve your ministry as well as the experience of your volunteers.
    By UUA Congregational Life Staff Group | 4/20/2018
  • Inform and Equip Your Leaders

    Our living tradition calls us to be lifelong learners, and this is especially true for our leaders. There are many skills and sensibilities that today's leaders need to help our congregations be ready for the 21st century. The UUA has many training resources to assist you!
    By Renee Ruchotzke | 4/20/2018
  • Inviting Potential Leaders to Discern Their Gifts

    Anxiety about lack of volunteers and leaders can often lead to treating them as human capital, objects to be managed. Ironically, this anxiety-fueled approach tend to produce disappointing results. Instead, creating a program based on an I-Thou relationship of mutuality,...
    By Renee Ruchotzke | 4/20/2018
  • Identifying Potential Leaders for Your Congregation

    Your Leadership Development Team should have several practices and strategies that enable them to identify potential leaders, especially from groups that may be at the margins (young adults, people of color). Places to Look For Potential Leaders Attend newcomer classes Talk to...
    By Renee Ruchotzke | 4/20/2018
  • Top Ten People Who Should NOT Be On Your Board

    A humorous take on what qualities make a good leader by showing their polar opposites.
    By Suzanne Meyer, Chip Roush | 4/20/2018
  • Train Your Leadership Development Team

    Learn the kinds of leadership best practices that you want to instill in the rest of the congregation. Learn about the difference between Leadership and Management (we need both), how Leadership Development is an important part of Faith Formation, and how thinking in terms of...
    By Renee Ruchotzke | 4/20/2018
  • Introduction to Leadership Development Teams

    Healthy, wise leadership is essential to the growth and vitality of our congregations, yet leadership development can easily become an afterthought. Here is a brief overview of where we come from and where we are going. Nominating Committees After being elected at an annual...
    By Renee Ruchotzke | 4/20/2018
  • Flexible/Agile Leadership

    Leaders understand that processes, tasks and outcomes will not necessarily be the same next week as they were, and they remain agile in approaching situations and answers to questions and issues that arise in their work with congregations; they know that they have to be...
    By Nancy Combs-Morgan, MidAmerica Region of the UUA | 4/19/2018
  • Generous Leadership

    Leaders are not only financially generous (although they are that indeed!) but they have and encourage a generous spirit and appreciation of the world; they are quick to inspire others, to give of themselves as well as their time, talent and treasure, and are working to find...
    By Dori Davenport Thexton, MidAmerica Region of the UUA | 4/19/2018
  • Leadership by Learning (Not Expertise)

    Leaders understand that it’s not just about skills, but it’s about being able to learn (often together) what’s necessary in congregational life; they understand the difference between technical and adaptive challenges, and find themselves at ease in the discomfort of adaptive...
    By Ian Evison, MidAmerica Region of the UUA | 4/19/2018
  • Leadership as Companioning

    Leaders know that so much of congregational life is about being present to and with one another; they don’t have all the answers, but they know how to be with others through the journey of their lives, and the journey of shared congregational life.
    By Ian Evison, MidAmerica Region of the UUA | 4/19/2018
  • Collaborating Leadership

    Leaders know how to work and play well with others; they understand it’s not about who is right, but how people can work together to ensure the best possible outcome in both task completion and relationship building/sustaining.
    By Nancy Combs-Morgan, MidAmerica Region of the UUA | 4/19/2018
  • Connecting Leadership

    Leaders don’t need to be the hub through which everything flows, and they know how to help people come together for specific (and general) purposes; they can connect people to ideas, to each other, and to a greater whole.
    By Phillip Lund, MidAmerica Region of the UUA | 4/19/2018
  • Networked Leadership

    Leaders are networked in a couple of ways — first, they are aware of how community can be created, sustained, and nurtured through the use of technology; they realize that today on-line connection serves to deepen what a congregation can offer; second, they are not afraid of...
    By Nancy Combs-Morgan, MidAmerica Region of the UUA | 4/19/2018

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