PRAIRIE STAR DISTRICT ARCHIVES

Because Prairie Star District has become part of MidAmerica Region, this page has been archived as of July 15, 2013, for reference purposes. It will not be updated in the future, and some links may no longer work properly.  For more up-to-date information, please visit the Mid America UUA site.  Thank you!

An Overview

Prairie Star District:

Was one of 19 Districts of the UUA.

Served 59 Congregations in North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, and parts of Missouri and Wisconsin (plus another seven congregations in various stages of affiliation).

Consisted of about 9,300 members in local congregations.

Covered 452,000 square miles.

Had a Board of Directors that meets three times a year.

Had an elected Trustee to the UUA Board.

Had a District Executive who coordinates direct services to congregations such as growth consulting, program development, leadership development, and conflict management.

Had a Director of Faith Development and Congregational Growth who coordinates faith development services and growth services.

Had a full time Administrator and three part-time support and program staff members.

Had a District Office in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Provided consulting to congregations in the areas of: social justice, conflict management, congregational staff compensation, financial management, congregational canvass, board retreats, mission statements, and planning processes.

Provided leadership training programs for congregational leadership.

Provided support for congregational stewardship.

Provided resources for congregational growth.

Encouraged congregational social justice activities.

Had an Annual Conference of workshops, worship, speakers and a business meeting.

Had two summer camps: Camp UniStar at Cass Lake, Minnesota and CampStarTrail a one week camp in Ashland, Nebraska beginning in 2009

Was partially supported by the Fair Share financial contributions of member congregations.

Organization

Prairie Star District was “owned and operated” by the congregations of the District. Congregational delegates elect the Board of Directors which hired the staff to help carry out the goals and vision of the Board. The work of the staff is supplemented by a multitude of volunteers.

The District Executive provided direct services to individual congregations, coordinated a network of resource people for the delivery of additional services, conducted short term crisis counseling for congregations, implemented Board policy, and acted as a liaison with the UUA. The network of resource people includes the Congregational Consultants. The DE also worked with the volunteer Coordinators of several program areas.

The Director of Faith Development and Congregational Growth coordinated a network of resource people who provide lifespan religious education and faith development services to congregations. The DFD worked with the Coordinator of Emerging Youth-Young Adult Ministries.

The Coordinator of Emerging Youth-Young Adult Ministries supported District youth programming, provided resources for young adult programming and campus ministries.

Program Areas

Services for multiple congregations were grouped into Program Areas each with a volunteer Coordinator and a number of committees.