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Mission-Focused Leadership Development

A congregation discerns their vision in a World Cafe

Being Mission-Focused—one of the recommended leadership development competencies—include:

  • Purpose-driven leadership.
  • Having a clear sense of the mission of the congregation and keeping the congregation focused on that mission.
  • Having a clear sense of one’s own mission or call.

Core Values

We are obligated to use our resources to help build the Beloved Community. Although we have a sense of responsibility and commitment to the stewardship of the institutional aspects of the church, we understand that its purpose is greater than the church itself.


  • Develop and reflect on one's own sense of call.
  • Use the congregation's mission as a touch-stone while doing the work of the church.



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About the Authors

Renee Ruchotzke

Rev. Renee Ruchotzke (ruh-HUT-skee) has served as a Congregational Life Consultant in the Central East Region since September of 2010. As program manager for Leadership Development, she is responsible for providing consultation, programming and training material (including webinars and videos) on...

Central East Region of the UUA

For more information, see the UUA.org page about the Central East Region.

For more information contact conglife@uua.org.

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The Growing Church Keys to Congregational Vitality

By Thom Belote

From Skinner House Books

The Growing Church is an open invitation to experience the progress of some of our fast-growing congregations and to see ministry through the eyes of those who have led their congregations toward vitality and expansion.

Buy This Book

Living Your Purpose I

Core Values and Mission with ​Joe SullivanRev. Dr. Frances Sink, and UU Congregation of Binghamton leaders Addie Deacon and JoAnn Freer.

Living Your Purpose II

Aspirational Values and Vision with Patricia Hall InfanteMaggie Lovinsand UU Congregation of Binghamton leaders Jeff Deacon and Rev. Douglas Taylor

Living Your Purpose III

Making It Stick with Kathy McGowanRev. Renee Ruchotzke, and UU Congregation of Binghamton leaders​ Lynne Theophanis and Shawn Steketee.