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A Guide to Leadership Development in Your Congregation

"To Do" list for leaders: Understand Bylaws, Dynamics of Conflict, etc.

We on your UUA Congregational Life Staff want you to spend your leadership development energy on relationship-building and connecting individuals to meaningful service (see the Leadership Development Team Training below), so we offer affordable leadership development courses that your potential and seasoned leaders can take take in parallel, then to meet and learn together:

Centered Leadership Part 1

For new leaders and those interested in possible leadership. Covers covenant, healthy communication and boundaries, shared ministry, and stewardship. Also provides and introduction to congregational polity, UU theologies, and the wider UU movement. syllabus  sample presentation 

Go to the Course Page for Centered Leadership Part 1

Centered Leadership Part 2

Includes family and other systems thinking applied to congregations. (Similar to Healthy Congregations®) Learn healthy leadership practices, communication and conflict skills, the importance of being mission-focused and how to communicate across differences. syllabus  sample presentation

Go to the Course Page for Centered Leadership Part 2

Strategic Leadership

Develop a deeper understanding of how to focus your congregation on mission, build trust and develop a cohesive leadership team. Learn about stewardship, strategic planning, annual goal setting and ministry assessment and the basics of congregational governance.syllabus  sample presentation

Go to the Course Page for Strategic Leadership

Adaptive Leadership

Develop advanced leadership skills that will help identify challenges. Learn how to help others see challenges in new ways, empower others and find creative solutions together. This course includes working on a case study with other participants. syllabus  sample presentation

Go to the Course Page for Adaptive Leadership

Leadership Development Team Training

Many congregations only think about developing new leaders around the time that the nominating committee is looking for potential board members. Instead, we recommend that congregations see leadership development as part of an arc of faith development that includes not just leadership skills, but also leadership sensibilities and faith development. 

Below is a self-guided training that your Leadership Development Team can use to design your own internal program.