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,

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…

Volunteers - Best PracticesRev. Lisa PresleyVolunteers are the heart blood of our congregations. In this webinar we focus on how best to gain, support and retain your volunteers. Topics include personal ministry, recruitment, care and feeding, reducing burnout, and supporting your volunteers.
Presenter: Rev. Lisa Presley

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