Healthy Congregations Team (HCT)

Rocks, water and text saying Healthy Congregations

HCT Vision

Spiritually mature, culturally competent, non-anxious people living conflict as a faith formation opportunity and normal part of religious community and the human journey.


The purpose of the Healthy Congregations Team is to provide training, consultation and assessment for congregations who wish to embrace healthy communications and proactively engage conflict.

Services include facilitated conversations, practices of discernment, establishing norms and sanctions, covenant of right relationship, conflict assessment and leadership coaching. Healthy Congregations Consultants are specially trained and professionally experienced in this kind of work.

Typically, there is a fee for this service, as it requires extended consultation time. Congregations in extreme financial circumstances may have all or part of the fees waived to ensure that consultation services are available.

The presence of a Healthy Congregation Team recognizes that whenever two or more people get together, conflict is inevitable.


Assistance offered to congregations in the region include:

  • Covenant creation
  • Congregationally-based Healthy Congregation Team or Right Relationship Team development
  • Appreciative Inquiry training
  • Awareness of conflict dynamics
  • Polarity Management consulting
  • Healing Circles
  • Training in healthy communication
  • Resources for learning more about “getting to yes”
  • Recognition that some situations may require referral to outside resources


Examples in Congregations

  • Northlake Unitarian Universalist Congregation's Healthy Congregation's landing page.


If you would like to explore having the Healthy Congregations Team work with your congregation, contact with your congregation's Primary Contactor Rev. Sarah Gibb Millspaugh, who coordinates the team.