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  • Congregations as Employers During the COVID-19 Pandemic

    How can your congregation be a good employer during the COVID-19 pandemic? Caring for staff is an opportunity to model your values and spirit for the congregation, to demonstrate the kindness, creativity, and interdependence that these days ask of us. We will update this page...
    By Jan Gartner | 3/19/2020
  • Resources for Congregations as Employers

    A collection of recordings, workshop materials and other helpful resources that can help your congregation be a good employer!
    By Jan Gartner | 3/6/2020
  • Professional Training for New Congregational Staff (PLUS)

    The PLUS Program (or Professional Learning Units for Staff) is designed for new (and relatively new) professional staff in Unitarian Universalist congregations.
    By Jan Gartner | 3/2/2020
  • Salary Recommendations for Congregational Staff

    Salary Recommendations should guide, but not limit, congregational compensation decisions. Retain excellent staff while aligning with your mission and values as a UU Congregation.
    By Jan Gartner | 2/28/2020
  • Performance Evaluations: Tips, Traps and Trends

    Employees in meaningful roles want to do their best, and the best gift a supervisor can give is honest and helpful feedback. Provide opportunities for regular supervision that is supportive and useful to staff members, their supervisors, and your congregation’s leadership.
    By Jan Gartner | 2/25/2020
  • Congregational Staff Teams

    The health and vitality of the congregation depends on the health and vitality of its minister(s), religious educator(s), music professional(s), administrative professional(s), membership professional(s) and other staff.
    By Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association (UUMA), Liberal Religious Educators' Association, Association for UU Music Ministries (AUUMM) | 2/25/2020
  • Staffing for Diversity

    Wherever you may be in your process of hiring and supporting staff at this moment, exploring your vision and values is an important starting place for thinking about diversity.
    By Jan Gartner | 2/17/2020
  • Reference Checks for Staff (Other Than Ministers)

    Use the following reference check guidelines when hiring professional religious leaders and staff, and when recruiting volunteers whose work will put them in close contact with children and persons in vulnerable circumstances.
    2/13/2020
  • Background Checks

    Use the following guidelines when calling ministers, hiring professional religious leaders and staff, and recruiting volunteers whose work will put them in close contact with children and persons in vulnerable circumstances.
    By UUA Congregational Life Staff Group | 2/13/2020
  • UUA Compensation Consultants

    We know that learning about staff compensation can be confusing. UUA Compensation Consultants are here to help! Compensation Consultants are trained volunteers who work under the direction of the Office of Church Staff Finances.
    By Jan Gartner | 12/5/2019
  • Employee or Independent Contractor?

    Each individual you compensate is either an employee or an independent contractor. This is a critical legal distinction, with implications for benefits, taxes, and more.
    By Jan Gartner | 8/13/2019
  • Personnel Committee Charter Policy

    Personnel Committees operate like Human Resources departments in that they don't hire, manage or supervise staff. Instead they advise on best practices.
    By UUA Congregational Life Staff Group | 8/12/2019
  • Staffing and Interdependence: When a Staff Member Changes Congregations

    When a staff member changes congregations, these values and suggestions can help uphold sound processes and healthy relationships.
    By Jan Gartner, Jonipher Kūpono Kwong, UUA Ministries and Faith Development: Office of Church Staff Finances, UUA Congregational Life Staff Group | 8/4/2019
  • Payroll

    Once the salary and benefits are set by the appropriate church leadership based on recommended practices, it’s important to make sure the payroll is handled accurately and confidentially.
    By UUA Ministries and Faith Development: Office of Church Staff Finances | 7/26/2019
  • Considering Your Staff When Adding a Service

    Adding a worship service inevitably means more work for the congregation’s staff, both professional and support.
    By UUA Congregational Life Staff Group | 3/22/2019
  • 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
  • Salary and Other Employee Changes Impact Benefits

    What to do when an employee's salary changes to ensure proper benefits administration
    By Jan Gartner | 4/3/2018
  • When Members Become Employees

    When a congregation is in search for a new professional staff member to fill a key and important role in the congregation, whether it is that of a custodian or that of a membership director, an important consideration is how well potential applicants understand and have personal...
    By David Pyle | 2/25/2018
  • How to Design a Congregational Staff Retreat

    One of the keys to a healthy congregational staff team is that they understand themselves as a team. Congregational staff members often relate more with lay-leaders in their particular program or operational areas more often than they do other staff members, and this can easily...
    By David Pyle | 2/25/2018
  • The Relationship Between the Governing Board and Congregational Professional Staff

    One of the most common sources of tension in a congregation where conflict occurs that involves governing boards is the relationship between governing boards and the congregation’s professional staff, including the minister. I have found that much of this conflict arises from...
    By David Pyle | 2/25/2018
  • The Unique Finances of Your Minister

    You’ve probably heard that there are special tax rules for ministers. Most church leaders don’t need to be experts on ministerial compensation, but it’s important to understand the basics of how payroll and taxes for the minister differ from other employees. ...
    By Jan Gartner, UUA Ministries and Faith Development: Office of Church Staff Finances | 2/23/2018
  • The Ministry of Leading Staff: Team Ministry and Supervision

    These 2 videos (about 20 minutes each) were created especially for those who are new to staff team leadership and supervision.
    By Jan Gartner | 2/21/2018
  • Confidentiality and Healthy Disclosure for Boards

    Balancing transparency and confidentiality can be challenging for congregational board members, staff, and other leaders who have access to sensitive information. Healthy, vibrant systems need as much open communication as possible. White Supremacy Culture sometimes uses "the...
    By UUA Congregational Life Staff Group | 2/9/2018
  • Got New Staff? Set Them Up For Success!

    Get your new employees off to a healthy, happy start every time! Learn about formal administrative onboarding and proven practices for welcoming and orienting staff.
    By Jan Gartner, Lisa Presley | 6/22/2016
  • Are Your Church's Retirement Benefits "Legal?"

    Congregations are legal entities required to comply with all sorts of legal requirements. While religious institutions might be exempt from a FEW legal requirements, churches are NOT exempt from most. This includes many requirements stemming from being an employer. This post...
    By Richard Nugent, UUA Ministries and Faith Development: Office of Church Staff Finances | 1/21/2016
  • Give Yourself the Gift of Professional Development

    What is “professional development?" Why is it essential? How do you choose and fund professional development activities and fit them into your schedule?
    12/18/2014
  • Board-Staff Relations in Healthy Congregations

    Establishing good communication practices and healthy boundaries are essential to attracting and keeping good staff. This article gives an overview of good practices, with special tips for congregations of various sizes.
    By Stefan Jonasson | 6/1/2003

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