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LeaderLab

  • By Renee Ruchotzke
    Let me share a fable of two congregations. ...
  • By Douglas Zelinski, New England Region of the UUA
    Smaller congregations in many denominations are struggling to survive. This doesn't mean they are necessarily "doing church" badly. But it...
  • By Renee Ruchotzke
    It's the beginning of the year, and Ministerial Search Committees have just received a list of names of ministers who are interested in...
  • By Renee Ruchotzke
    Once upon a time there was a congregation that wanted a mission statement. They appointed a committee that worked hard. They held cottage...
  • By Renee Ruchotzke
    I often use General Motors as an example of the top-down model of organization and leadership that is the opposite of what our congregations need to be nimble and vital (and I might add, attractive to Gen-Xers and Millennials). A story from Bloomberg "GM Recalls Stalled in 10 Years of Committee...
  • By Renee Ruchotzke
    There is a quote that guides me in my work: “We create the path by walking.” How many of us knew exactly who or what we wanted to be when...
  • By Renee Ruchotzke
    Your congregation is committed to growth and understands that growth in numbers results from other kinds of growth. You also know it is important to set goals and measure how well you are doing. ...
  • By Renee Ruchotzke
    Are all of the members and friends of your church aware of all of the outreach ministries of your church? Is the wider community aware of...
  • By Renee Ruchotzke
    One of the most important keys to congregational health and vitality--along with a clear purpose--is a cohesive leadership team. Many of our UU congregations struggle with power and authority to a point where they don't empower leaders to lead, i.e. to make decisions in the best interest of the congregation's mission and shared vision. How well does your congregation do?
  • By Renee Ruchotzke
    Congregational leaders are often tempted to go through the motions of creating mission, vision, planning and covenant documents without...
  • By Renee Ruchotzke
    Assessment of a congregation's ministry is a very important aspect of religious leadership and is one of the roles of a Commit tee on...
  • By Renee Ruchotzke
    Unitarian Universalists tend to use a lot of words when we attempt to explain our religious beliefs and values. We have a complicated faith...
  • By Renee Ruchotzke
    Attempting to reconcile liberal religion to the scientific method has a long history among Unitarian Universalists. From the Biblical Criticism of the 19th century, to the Process Theologians of the 20th, to Thandeka's Affect Theology today, we yearn to quantify...
  • By Renee Ruchotzke
    Your mission is what is hanging on the wall, Your system is what is happening down the hall. — Andy Stanley, North Point Ministries...
  • By Renee Ruchotzke
    A good mission—articulated gracefully and served faithfully--can help the members of your congregation feel like they are part of something epic.
  • By Brent A Smith
    What is the role of lay leaders in a mission-focused congregation? What is the role of the minister? The Rev. Brent Smith has experience...
  • By Renee Ruchotzke
    Having a clearly articulated mission statement helps to guide a congregation’s leaders in deciding where to put their energy and resources...
  • By Renee Ruchotzke
    How many of our congregations offer programming that isn't working, or has only a very small group of the "usual suspects" participating?...
  • By Renee Ruchotzke
    Responding to a changing context in order to keep your congregation vital is hard....really hard. Brain science helps us to understand that we create and use mental models of our reality that help us to filter and make sense of our experiences. But our mental models aren't always accurate or helpful. Here are some models that may be!
  • Supporting one another is important, but if that is primarily what you do, then your congregation will decline. For a congregation to be alive, vital, and growing, it must have a sense that it exists to serve as well.

MidAmerica Events

  • By Phillip Lund
    Webinar video: This workshop covers the five signs of congregational decline and offers some strategies on how to address them.
  • By Phillip Lund
    Webinar video: steps for crafting a meaningful congregational mission and, more importantly, ways to put your congregations mission at the center of everything your congregation does.

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