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  • Embodying UU DNA for Leadership Development

    As Unitarian Universalist leaders, we need to understand the history and traditions of the movement as well as its core values and theology. The UU principles are just the tip of the iceberg of what it means to be UU.
    By Renee Ruchotzke, Central East Region of the UUA | 4/19/2018
  • Spiritual Grounding for Leadership Developement

    As religious leaders, it's important to have a "center" and a regular spiritual practice that helps us maintain that center. This not only avoids burnout, it also helps keep us focused on mission .
    By Renee Ruchotzke, Central East Region of the UUA | 4/19/2018
  • Emotional Intelligence for Leadership Development

    Being aware of one's own emotions and how they influence judgment enables a leader to avoid being reactive when making decisions. Learning how to manage one's emotions helps a leader make decisions responsively and responsibly.
    By Renee Ruchotzke, Central East Region of the UUA | 4/19/2018
  • Change Skills for Leadership Development

    In order to keep up with a changing world, we know that we must continually breathe new life into our congregations. Leaders need to be savvy about congregational dynamics in order to lead any significant change initiative.
    By Renee Ruchotzke, Central East Region of the UUA | 4/19/2018
  • Communication Skills for Leadership Development

    Healthy and clear communication is one of the most important skills for leaders. Healthy communication is learning to "talk to each other" rather than "about each other." Clear communication about mission and goals helps the congregation be in alignment and moving in the same...
    By Renee Ruchotzke, Central East Region of the UUA | 4/12/2018
  • Conflict Transformation Skills for Leadership Development

    Conflict can be normal and healthy, leading to positive change and growth. Conflict can also be dysfunctional and destructive. Learn the difference between good, bad and ugly conflict.
    By Renee Ruchotzke, Central East Region of the UUA | 4/12/2018
  • Management Skills for Leadership Development

    Congregational Management involves making sure that meetings are run well, good records are kept, yearly goals are set and the policies and procedures are being followed.
    By Renee Ruchotzke, Central East Region of the UUA | 4/12/2018
  • Skills to Grow Other Leaders

    Skills to grow other leaders include a generosity of spirit, commitment to shared ministry, identifying and developing training experiences, supporting development of new leaders.
    By Renee Ruchotzke, Central East Region of the UUA | 4/12/2018
  • Generational Sensibility for Leadership Development

    Along with life-stage differences, there are differences in generations' mores and values based on the societal shifts they experienced during their different life stages.
    By Renee Ruchotzke, Central East Region of the UUA | 4/12/2018
  • Multicultural Sensibility for Leadership Development

    As American demographics shift toward more diversity, UU congregations need to learn to skillfully communicate across the differences that exist in our congregations as well as in our wider communities. Then we will be better equipped to understand race and privilege and help to...
    By Renee Ruchotzke, Central East Region of the UUA | 4/10/2018
  • Recruiting Volunteers - 4 Point Message

    Every one-to-one recruitment invitation should include these four major components. You are bound to succeed! Connect the Volunteer Role to the Ministry Goals or Vision Explain how the particular position relates to the MISSION or purpose of the congregation. Expand on why this...
    By Renee Ruchotzke | 4/6/2018
  • The 5 "I's" of Leadership Development

    Leadership Development should be an ongoing process in your congregation that includes the following practices: Identify, Invite, Inform, Involve and Inquire.
    By Renee Ruchotzke | 4/6/2018
  • Contextual Sensibility for Leadership Development

    The role of religion and faith is changing in American life. Fewer people are interested in organized religion. How can UU leaders respond?
    By Renee Ruchotzke, Central East Region of the UUA | 4/5/2018
  • Mission-Focused Leadership Development

    Faith communities function best when they have a clear understanding of why they exist and where they are going next. Leaders help to articulate the mission and lead toward the vision.
    By Renee Ruchotzke, Central East Region of the UUA | 4/5/2018
  • Systems Sensibility for Leadership Development

    Systems Thinking is a mental model where all of the parts of an organism—and organization—are interconnected and interrelated. This is foundational to understanding conflict and how to lead change.
    By Renee Ruchotzke, Central East Region of the UUA | 4/5/2018
  • Designing Faithful Leadership Formation

    Leadership development in our congregations should be an extension of faith development. But our congregational leaders need more than technical training, they need a combination of skills, sensibilities and internal qualities to enable them to be both effective and faithful....
    By Renee Ruchotzke, Central East Region of the UUA | 4/5/2018
  • Congregational Management: A Holy Calling

    Adapted from The Business of the Church: The Uncomfortable Truth that Faithful Ministry Requires Effective Management by John W. Wimberly, Jr., copyright © 2010 by the Alban Institute. Congregations are among the most fascinating systems anyone can be called to manage. Like all...
    By Renee Ruchotzke | 4/5/2018
  • Leadership Development Example: Growth Through Service

    Service is a cornerstone of Unitarian Universalist identity, and of UUCDC membership. Through service, not only do we play our part in healing our broken world, but we also find the opportunity to grow our own faith and spirituality, and to enhance our relationships with others...
    By UU Church of Delaware County, Media, PA, Central East Region of the UUA | 4/5/2018
  • Ordination and Community Ministers

    In Congregational Polity, ordination was historically bestowed only on Parish ministers. Today, many fellowshipped ministers serve beyond the Parish in the wider community as chaplains, in non-profit agencies and other entrepreneurial ministries. How might we recognize their...
    By UUA Congregational Life Staff Group, The UU Society for Community Ministries, Inc. (UUSCM), UUA Commission on Appraisal (COA) | 4/5/2018
  • Whole Congregation Decisions

    Which decisions should be made by the "congregation in meeting" via a congregational vote according to congregational polity, and which decisions can be made by the governing board?
    By UUA Congregational Life Staff Group | 4/4/2018

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