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  • By Jan Gartner
    We know that learning about staff compensation can be confusing. UUA Compensation Consultants are here to help! Compensation Consultants are trained volunteers who work under the direction of the Office of Church Staff Finances.
  • By Jan Gartner
    Salary Recommendations should guide, but not limit, congregational compensation decisions. Retain excellent staff while aligning with your mission and values as a UU Congregation.
  • By Jan Gartner
    Each individual you compensate is either an employee or an independent contractor. This is a critical legal distinction, with implications for benefits, taxes, and more.
  • By UUA Congregational Life Staff Group
    Personnel Committees operate like Human Resources departments in that they don't hire, manage or supervise staff. Instead they advise on best practices.
  • By Jan Gartner, Jonipher Kūpono Kwong, UUA Ministries and Faith Development: Office of Church Staff Finances, UUA Congregational Life Staff Group
    When a staff member changes congregations, these values and suggestions can help uphold sound processes and healthy relationships.
  • By UUA Ministries and Faith Development: Office of Church Staff Finances
    Once the salary and benefits are set by the appropriate church leadership based on recommended practices, it’s important to make sure the payroll is handled accurately and confidentially.
  • By UUA Ministries and Faith Development: Office of Church Staff Finances
    There are nuanced tax rules regarding income derived from renting your building and/or parking lot, depending on its relation to your core purpose.
  • An efficient office requires creative management and close adherence to deadlines. It also requires close cooperation between staffs and volunteers.
  • By Kathleen Parker, Unitarian Universalist History and Heritage Society, Inc.
    Church members generally agree that saving church records is a good thing – but the reality of doing that raises a number of questions. Which items should be saved, and by extension, is it okay to throw some items out?
  • By UUA Congregational Life Staff Group
    A shared history is a powerful bond and an awareness of history can foster a sense of pride and a feeling of connectedness. The telling of this history, whether in oral or written form, is one of the most important ways that newer members of a family are welcomed into the group. ...
  • By UUA Congregational Life Staff Group
    Annual reports, often published in conjunction with a congregation's annual meeting, provide an opportunity to report on the annual goals that are serving the mission and vision of the congregation
  • By UUA Congregational Life Staff Group
    Adding a worship service inevitably means more work for the congregation’s staff, both professional and support.
  • By UUA Congregational Life Staff Group
    Who is responsible for the oversight, management and upkeep of your buildings and surrounding property?
  • By Stefan Jonasson
    Establishing good communication practices and healthy boundaries are essential to attracting and keeping good staff. This article gives an overview of good practices, with special tips for congregations of various sizes.
  • By Anne Odin Heller
    An accessible, attractive and efficient office space makes staff, volunteers and visitors happy and productive!
  • By UUA Congregational Life Staff Group
    Where to find information and links to UUA resources from out Safe Congregations team. It includes resources and sample policies to prevent and address violence, abuse, harassment, inappropriate behavior, and other threats to safety.
  • By Jan Gartner
    Is your congregation an employer? In other words do you pay folks to do work? Be it a minister, religious educator, custodian, musician, administrator or some other position? Are any of those folx participants in any of the UUA plans? Retirement, health insurance, etc?
  • By Jan Gartner
    What to do when an employee's salary changes to ensure proper benefits administration
  • By David Pyle
    When a congregation is in search for a new professional staff member to fill a key and important role in the congregation, whether it is...
  • By David Pyle
    One of the keys to a healthy congregational staff team is that they understand themselves as a team. Congregational staff members often...
  • By David Pyle
    One of the most common sources of tension in a congregation where conflict occurs that involves governing boards is the relationship...
  • By Jan Gartner, UUA Ministries and Faith Development: Office of Church Staff Finances
    You’ve probably heard that there are special tax rules for ministers. Most church leaders don’t need to be experts on ministerial compensation, but it’s important to understand the basics of how payroll and taxes for the minister differ from other employees. ...
  • By Jan Gartner, UUA Ministries and Faith Development: Office of Church Staff Finances, UUA Congregational Life Staff Group
    a. Our Values, Our Staff b. Compensation Guidelines c. The Unique Finances of Your Minister d. Personnel Policies and Best Practices
  • By UUA Congregational Life Staff Group
    Balancing transparency and confidentiality can be challenging for congregational board members, staff, and other leaders who have access to...
  • By Renee Ruchotzke
    "Deferred Maintenance" and "Building Reserves" are terms that are often tossed around when talking about the budget, but what do they mean?
  • By Richard Nugent, UUA Ministries and Faith Development: Office of Church Staff Finances
    Congregations are legal entities required to comply with all sorts of legal requirements. While religious institutions might be exempt from...

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  • Get your new employees off to a healthy, happy start every time! Learn about formal administrative onboarding (the legal hoops) and proven practices for welcoming and orienting staff.
  • By MidAmerica Region of the UUA, Mark Bernstein
    Learn how to avoid some common mistakes so you can make the most of your covenant.

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