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.
Guest Presenter: Rev. Christine Robinson, Senior Minister at First Unitarian Church of Albuquerque, New Mexico
Christine made a virtual presentation from Albuquerque, New Mexico, to two locations in Prairie Star: Saint Paul, Minnesota, and Kansas City, Missouri. It is a little longer than what I usually post here (about an hour and forty-five minutes), but it’s well worth the time, especially if you’re interested in the concept of multi-site congregations and would like to know more.
This workshop explored the possibilities for multi-site Unitarian Universalist congregations. Multi-site congregations are those which have members living in two different locations: two or more sites, one church.
- Large congregations, which are restricted by their buildings or their locations, look at multiple sites as a way to continue growing numerically or to do outreach to people not currently being served.
- Small congregations which affiliate with larger congregations get services they can’t currently afford to offer their members.
Here’s the complete script of Christine’s presentation, including the handout about the cost of starting a multi-site branch:
Nancy Combs-Morgan, Faith Development Director, Heartland District of the UUA
(NOTE: As of 2013, Ms Thexton and Ms Combs-Morgan are Congregational Life Consultants with the MidAmerica Region of the UUA)
Rev. Stefan Jonasson
In Fall of 2007 Rev Ian Evison had the opportunity to work with Rev. Stefan M. Jonasson as he presented a workshop on "Key Challenges Facing Staff in Large Congregations." We've arranged for an audio file of that session which you can listen to here: