Five Signs of Congregational DeclineRev. Phil LundAn online workshop presented on January 13, 2011, led by the Rev. Phillip Lund, Director of Faith Development and Congregational Growth for the Prairie Star District of the UUA.

Research tells us that only 2% of congregations in the US are growing by 5% or more a year, which means the vast majority of congregations are either barely growing, treading water, or actively declining. Do you know where your congregation fits in? This workshop covered the five signs of congregational decline and offer some strategies on how to address them.

Complete list of resources and links mentioned in the workshop:

1. Lack of Vision (Antidote: Mission)

Vision, Mission, and Covenant: Creating a Future Together,” [PDF] from New Congregation and Growth Resources, UUA

2. No Clear Path (Antidote: Faith Development)

Process, Not Program: Adult Faith Formation for Vital Congregations,” [PDF] by Diana Butler Bass

Faith Formation 2020 Summary,” [PDF] from Lifelong Faith Associates

Faith Formation 2020: Designing the Future of Faith Formation, [PDF] by John Roberto (Chapter One)

3. Complex Structure (Antidote: Simplicity)

Outline of Simple Church, [PDF] by Thom S. Rainer and Eric Geiger

Sunday School in a Simple Church,” [PDF] by Eric Geiger and David Francis

4. Inward Focus (Antidote: Social Action, Social Justice)

Insights into the Compassionate Congregation,” [PDF] by David Breeden and Theresa Zingery

5. Leadership Fatigue (Antidote: Effective Ministry)

How to Minister Effectively to Family, Pastoral, Program, and Corporate Sized Congregations,” [PDF] by Roy Oswald

Additional Resources

Spiritual Development web page from Rochester Unitarian

Information on Articulating Your UU Faith: A Five-Session Course at the UUA Bookstore

Social Media for UU Congregations

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