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  • Each week, congregations contact the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) on matters concerning membership in congregations. Unitarian...
  • We can look at examples of churches with differing situations to get a picture of some of the possible ways these diagnostic tools can help...
  • In order to use this set of resources you may choose to just begin using the tools or you may choose to get an overview of their effective...
  • We've learned the importance of having clear information about the path to membership for individuals, and how newcomers start that journey. This ministry to members serves equally for prospective and new members, as well as for continuing members. ...
  • A Story Using Ratio Decision Making Here is a fictitious story about a congregation to give an illustration of making decisions using...
  • A Story Using Ratio Decision Making Here is a fictitious story about two congregations to give an illustration of making decisions using...
  • Making the Most of the Membership Journey Membership in a church is a dynamic process for an individual or family; increasing church...
  • When people leave our churches it is not always apparent immediately. Some leave because they move away, some die, and some stop attending...
  • Think of the membership process as a continuous flow, from the time a person first learns about a particular UU church, to the first visit...
  • How does a church know if its number of visitors, its visitor or guest return rate, or its membership loss is "normal" for a church of its...
  • Why use a registration card instead of a sign-in book for guests? Cards have certain advantages: Is there enough room to collect all the...
  • Including email addresses on your guest registration card allows you to communicate immediately and directly with these potential members...
  • Use the Membership Journey Diagnostic Tools in combination with The Membership Journey (PDF, 53 pages) and The Congregational Assessment ...

Blue Boat: Youth and Young Adult Blog

  • By Bart Frost
    How Smart Congregations Grow Members This summer at the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) General Assembly , our Youth Media...

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InterConnections: Articles for UU Leaders

  • By Donald E. Skinner
    There was a time when it was a bit of a challenge to identify Unitarian Universalist congregations with thriving young adult ministries—but...
  • By Donald E. Skinner
    As recently as five or ten years ago, visitors to our congregations showed up full of questions—and brought with them some apprehensions...
  • By Donald E. Skinner
    Over the years congregations have employed various methods to handle complaints from congregants. Many congregations direct complainants to...
  • By Donald E. Skinner
    Dr. Wayne Clark, the Unitarian Universalist Association’s (UU's) Congregational Stewardship Network director, gets the question all the...
  • By Donald E. Skinner
    In the late 1990s the Rev. Dr. Glenn Turner, of Maine, and the Rev. Bob Hill, of Texas, began promoting a novel idea. They proposed that...
  • By Donald E. Skinner
    When the offering plate comes around on Sunday morning at First Universalist Church of Denver, Colo., many nonprofit groups in the...
  • By Donald E. Skinner
    When the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta created a new volunteer/community building program called Spirit in Service ,...
  • By Donald E. Skinner
    When a Unitarian Universalist (UU) group began to form in 2009 in suburban Cincinnati it wasn’t long before its members decided it needed a...
  • By Donald E. Skinner
    When a congregation wants to add a new program, is there an established process to follow? Does it have to have a “champion” before it gets...
  • By Donald E. Skinner
    When the Rev. Barbara Meyers began a mental health ministry at the Mission Peak Unitarian Universalist (UU) Fellowship in Fremont, Calif.,...
  • By Donald E. Skinner
    One of the first things that visitors see when they walk into the building of the Westside Unitarian Universalist (UU) Congregation in...
  • By Donald E. Skinner
    Sue Parilla, Jefferson Unitarian Church’s (JUC; Golden, CO) volunteer coordinator, helps people find places to connect within the church. “...
  • By Donald E. Skinner
    All of us are welcoming. Right? Visitors come on Sunday morning, and as soon as they step in the door they feel the love, not only from the...
  • By Donald E. Skinner
    Q. A 16-year-old girl whose parents do not attend our church is attending our Exploring Membership class. She assures us that her parents...
  • By Donald E. Skinner
    Q. I've heard that if the sanctuary or meeting hall is too full on Sunday morning it will discourage growth. Is that true? At what point...
  • By Donald E. Skinner
    What does our congregation need to do to grow? Should we be more welcoming, or is it a matter of adding more ways to integrate folks? Or...
  • By Donald E. Skinner
    Creating a night at midweek for friends and members to come out for a "church night" is a tradition for many of our congregations. It's an...
  • By Donald E. Skinner
    Q. Our congregation wants to attract new members; we also want to manage our money in a responsible way. We estimate that it costs $75...
  • By Donald E. Skinner
    Try as we might, conflict is a part of life in many of our congregations. A group may not like the direction the church is going. Someone...
  • By Donald E. Skinner
    Q. Our church has just gone to two services and had our first congregational meeting after the second service. We wonder if we are...
  • By Donald E. Skinner
    Q. One of the things we struggle with as a congregation is cultivating enough leaders. Our current leaders are getting burned out and there...
  • By Donald E. Skinner
    Does any congregation ever have enough volunteers? Most of us struggle with that. It can be one of the most frustrating parts of being a...
  • By Donald E. Skinner
    Ever wonder why friends and members leave your church? The Membership Committee of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Berkeley (UUCB) in...
  • By Donald E. Skinner
    When Carol Hosmer found it necessary to temporarily drop out of her church ten years ago to deal with some family dynamics that were...
  • By Donald E. Skinner
    They go by various names—circle suppers, dinner for eight, second Friday suppers. When they work well they bring friends, newcomers, and...
  • Dear __________: My name is ______________, and I recently became chair of the Unitarian Universalist Church of ______________ Membership...
  • These membership bylaws are meant as examples only. Please amend them to fit your own needs. Article III Membership Active Members: Any...
  • August 1: Have full greeting teams in place to respond to increase in visitors. August is a prime month for church shoppers. September 1:...
  • Collected thoughts and inspiration for Membership Committees from InterConnections , the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA)...
  • This document is intended as a guide for use in forming and organizing membership committees. It is based on a two hundred to four hundred...
  • This is a model for a two hour Newcomer Class session from the Michael Servetus Unitarian Universalist (UU) Fellowship, Vancouver, WA (200...
  • A package of two classes to be offered before religious services on Sunday morning or at a brunch after church, or at an evening session...
  • Sample letter about stewardship to be given to prospective members at New Unitarian Universalist (UU) classes and to be sent immediately...
  • When you decide to join this church it will be a big moment for you and for us. We have a responsibility to see that you are made welcome...
  • Everycongregation has a story about someone who visited a couple of Sunday mornings,but didn’t really feel a connection, and then joined an...

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