Governance in Small Congregations

Unitarian Universalist Association. Accessed November 30, 2017.
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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.