Board Committees
Board Committees
The word committee spelled out in Scrabble tiles

Boards, especially in congregations with 100 or more members, find that delegating part of their fiduciary work to committees and/or task forces helps to free them up for big-picture and visionary discussions. The board reserves decision-making authority.

Standing Board Committees are defined in the board policies. Committees such as Governance, Finance, and Personnel develop and provide detailed expertise and distill information in their reports and recommendations to the board so that the board can make informed decisions in these areas. 

Board Task Forces are created by a vote of the board for a specific project and limited period of time. Strategic Planning, Staff Search, Bylaws and Safety Assessment Task Forces are examples.

All committees and task forces should be given a charter, charge or other document communicating their role, tasks and what the board expects in the reports

(For standing committees defined in the congregation's bylaws, see Committees of the Congregation.)


  • The denominational affairs committee provides a liaison between the congregation and both the Unitarian Universalist Association and the region.
  • By UUA Congregational Life Staff Group
    The Finance Committee assists the board and financial officers (i.e. the Treasurer) in monitoring and managing the congregation's financial resources by providing reports and making recommendations. The authority to make decisions from this information rests with the board.

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  • The regional Congregational Life staff are congregations' local connection to the UUA. All of the program Congregational Life staff have expertise in most aspects of congregational life and each also has a few program areas of expertise. See the UUA Congregational Life Staff...

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