• Board ResponsibilitiesRev. Lisa PresleyWhat does it mean to be a board member? What are your responsibilities? How should you approach the work? This workshop will help folks understand the difference between their fiduciary, strategic and generative responsibilities, and how to be a better board member.



    Rev. Dr. Lisa Presley – District Executive, Heartland District UUA


    Governance as Leadership: Reframing the Work of Nonprofit Boards, Richard P. Chait, William P. Ryan and Barbara E. Taylor; Wiley
    Governance and Ministry: Rethinking Board Leadership, Dan Hotchkiss; Alban Institute
    Congregational Leadership in Anxious Times: Being Calm and Courageous No Matter What, Peter L. Steinke, Alban Institute
    Leadership Without Easy Answers, Ronald A. Heifetz, Belknap Press of Harvard University Press

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  • Rev Lisa PresleyPodcast by Rev. Lisa Presley

    How Do We DO BETTER as congregations? We are such a mix of individuals and yet we work together fantastically! So what happens when we don’t agree to disagree?

    Lisa Presley will give you insight into conflict resolution and what it takes to exist beyond knowing what we support as individuals and DO BETTER as a congregation. It’s no longer about saving the day. It’s how can we recognize conflict sooner rather than later?

    LISTEN at the UU Perspective Podcast!

  • Congregational Leadership During Anxious Times

    NancyHeege2002When congregations experience transition or change, they tend to get anxious. In this webinar, we look at the causes of anxiety, the manifestations of an anxious system, and what leaders can do to influence the system during difficult times.

    Resource, if you'd like to read more: Congregational Leadership in Anxious Times, by Peter L. Steinke

    Leader: Nancy Heege, Congregational Life Consultant, MidAmerica Region (retired Decemner 2015)

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  • Workshop presented at UU Church of Rockford, IL

    A key tension within our congregations, especially our growing congregations, is need for greater depth and range of lay leadership. This is perhaps being felt even more acutely in this period of post-recession financial strain where increasing professional staff is not an option. To meet this need congregations have been restructuring nominating committees into leadership development teams—broadening the charge of the group beyond filling a few key positions to stewardship of leadership development, intentional focus on growing new leaders.

    This workshop was an opportunity for congregational teams to share the work they are doing in this area and to hear about emerging best practices for work in this area, including both examples of what has been working and points where there have been challenges.

    Ian Evison, Congregational Services Director for the Central Midwest District, and Patricia D’Auria convened this discussion. Patricia D’Auria is a consultant with the CMwD and is part of a task force working on these issues at UU Church West in Brookfield, WI.

    From Nominating Committees to Leadership Development Teams


    Online UU Resources on the Subject:

    Harvest the Power: Developing Lay Leadership Tapestry of Faith Curriculum

    Leadership Development in the Large Congregation by Stefan Jonasson

    Nominating Committee: Making It Work for You, Don Skinner 2001,

    Colorado Church Treats Volunteers with Care, Don Skinner, 2005,

    Get The Most From Your Nominating Committee, Don Skinner, 2006,

    Leadership Starts With Ownership, Don Skinner, 2009,

  • Governance As LeadershipTen Good Ideas About Good Governance

    Many of our most committed leaders have sat in congregational board meetings and said to themselves “there must be a better way to do this work”! Many new people have volunteered to do simple task and found themselves frustrated amidst lack of clarity. In this workshop we will discuss not any one system of governance but practical and relatively simple ideas for making work flow better in service of mission.

    Lisa Presley, District Executive of the Heartland District of the UUA and
    Ian Evison, Congregational Service Director of the Central Midwest District of the UUA.

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    An opportunity for new presidents to learn the basics, share some resources, and network with those moving into the role.

  • intercultural competencyRev Lisa PresleyICUUW International Convocation 2012: Rev. Jill Allister and Creamlimon NongbriIntercultural Competency: What Can we Learn?

    Leader: Rev. Lisa Presley, Congregational Life Consultant, MidAmerica Region. For many years now, the UUA and our congregations have been striving to learn how to be multiculturally competent. Over this past year, ministers and UUA staff have been learning about the Developmental Model of Intercultural Sensitivity as yet one more tool for helping bridge what sometimes seems to be wide gaps in intercultural competency.

    Who Are Our Neighbors? Check our Calendar for the Intercultural Competency workshops - there might be one in your area!

  • Cong HR Rob Molla webinarUUA Human Resources Director Rob Molla helps congregations know what they need to pay attention to with regard to both their legal obligations and ensuring that they have happy staff. Rob covers personnel files and policies, the question of contractor or staff, benefits, government forms, and much more. Learn what you need to know to keep your congregation safe.

  • Mission! Mission! Mission!Rev. Phil LundThis is an unedited recording of a webinar presented on Thursday, February 10, 2011, by the Rev. Phillip Lund, Director of Faith Development and Congregational Growth for the Prairie Star District of the Unitarian Universalist Association.

    Just as bricks-and-mortar businesses need to consider location, location, location, congregations need to pay special attention to mission, mission, mission. Find out the steps for crafting a meaningful congregational mission and, more importantly, ways to put your congregations mission at the center of everything your congregation does.


    Complete list of resources and links mentioned in the workshop:

    Vision, Mission, and Covenant: Creating a Future Together

    Process, Not Program: Adult Faith Formation for Vital Churches

    Church Unique: “Recast Your Vision”
    Develop Your Vision Frame” 

    Marty Cauley: “Mission Drift…

  • New DRE webinarnancy combs morganFor new Directors of Religious Education, and for those who may have been serving for a time, the webinar will introduce you to:

    • a community of other new DRE's
    • the basics of navigating curricula
    • important aspects of administering a RE program
    • important information on professional development
    • the Liberal Religious Educators Association

    Leader: Nancy Combs-Morgan


  • Youth Advisorsnew youth advisor webinarFor volunteer and professional youth advisors/directors... Engage in the "Guide to Youth Advising," covering the basics of youth ministry, youth group essentials, and the regional support network of the MidAmerica Youth Advisor Network.

    Leader: Nancy Combs-Morgan

    Basic resources:

  • Theology of LeadershipRev Phil LundMany Unitarian Universalists experience a deepening commitment to their faith and congregation as a call to accept a position of leadership. This workshop focused on helping lay leaders grow in spirit as they grow as leaders. Webinar presented by the Rev. Phillip Lund on October 1, 2011.


    UUA: Our Unitarian Universalist Principles


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    Serving with Grace

  • when youth lead webinarwith Author Jill Schwendeman

    Jill SchwendemanWhen Youth LeadThis webinar will engage leaders with the helpful guide, “When Youth Lead:A Guide to Intergenerational Social Justice Ministry.” In this work, Schwendeman demonstrates how teens are an enormous generative force for our faith communities and how adults have much to learn from youth about passion, friendship, discrimination, equality, faith and more. 

    Social justice work is an effective tool for bringing the generations together and the items included in this excellent resource have the potential to build rich partnerships among children, youth, adults and elders. The book includes practical tips for 101 social action projects, and we recommend you purchase the text at the UUA bookstore.