Governance in Small Congregations

Unitarian Universalist Association. Accessed April 14, 2017.

The Unitarian Universalists offer advice and additional resources in this excellent article about small congregations and their governing systems. The overall perspective is that “Small congregations need a governance system that is ‘right-sized’ for the unique needs and challenges generated by their size.” After acknowledging that most decisions happen at the board level, seven “Best Practices” are listed, including using a covenant and policy manuals. The article also includes meeting, leadership, and committee hints, and a section on finances with a link to a free, downloadable financial handbook. The “Resources” section includes links to a free e-newsletter, articles, podcasts, and books. The subject matter of the resources covers topics such as sources of conflict, creating a vision and mission, ministry ideas, and resources for growing a congregation. The article’s content is relevant for all small congregations, making this a particular helpful article for a variety of religious leaders.