Regionalization 2.0


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MidAmerica Region UUA discusses plans for combining three districts into a single region.

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Regionalization 2.0

  1. 1. MidAmerica: Regionalization 2.0 Nancy Combs-Morgan, Ian Evison, Nancy Heege, Phil Lund, Lisa Presley, Dori Thexton – Your Regional Staff
  2. 2. MidAmerica Regionalization 2.0 <ul><li>Powerpoint created by Lisa Presley and adapted for presentation at the Districts’ Annual Assemblies, April, 2011 </li></ul>
  3. 3. Move toward Regionalization <ul><li>Two types of regionalization under way: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>UUA and Governance </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>As UUA moves into Policy Governance… </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>District Boards looking at how changes at national level impact the district level </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Regional Staff looking at </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>How we provide support to congregations </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Cross border resource sharing </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Both processes happening organically </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. District Board Conversations <ul><li>Recent, new collaboration by District Boards of Central Midwest, Heartland & Prairie Star Districts </li></ul><ul><li>District Presidents of Central Midwest, Heartland & Prairie Star Districts attending each others’ Annual Conferences this year. </li></ul><ul><li>Board members’ joint conference calls </li></ul>
  5. 5. District Board Conversations <ul><li>Whether to accept the UUA’s Ends rather than have their own </li></ul><ul><li>How to account for differences in districts’ assets and liabilities </li></ul><ul><li>Whether to end co-employment of District Staff </li></ul><ul><li>Whether to change district governance structures </li></ul>
  6. 6. District Board Conversations <ul><li>District Boards are open to your questions and comments on this topic. </li></ul>
  7. 7. At the same time <ul><li>The District Staff of Central Midwest, Heartland, and Prairie Star Districts have been collaborating on service delivery, offering regional programs such as Midwest Leadership School, Youth Leadership School, and our frequent webinars. [now archived collectively at ] </li></ul>
  8. 8. Most recently <ul><li>The regional District Staff have developed a staffing proposal with a new team approach to serve our congregations better. Comments and suggestions are welcome as we begin to create these new systems. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Emerging Approach <ul><li>MidAmerica staff are changing how we work together </li></ul><ul><li>Invite your input: contact us! </li></ul><ul><li>Work transforms as we learn new and better ways </li></ul><ul><li>Wheatley: strive for “less arduous and more delightful” </li></ul><ul><li>Acknowledge change, gain, loss </li></ul>
  10. 10. Who we are <ul><li>Six District Staff members, working together across three districts: Nancy Combs-Morgan, Ian Evison, Nancy Heege, Phil Lund, Lisa Presley, and Dori Thexton </li></ul>
  11. 11. Values underlying our proposal <ul><li>Future Focused </li></ul><ul><ul><li>To be the church of the 21 st Century </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Flexible and adaptable </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Modeling for service and support </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Team-based </li></ul><ul><ul><li>In our work and our approach </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A strong team working with strong teams in congregations </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. What We Foresee <ul><li>Staff with core competencies plus! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Individual specializations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Generative focus: next best thing </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Multiple points of entry </li></ul><ul><ul><li>When you know us or if you don’t </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Assessment and referral system </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Social Justice is part of what we do </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Inclusion writ large </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Antiracism, anti-oppression, multicultural </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. How We’ll Serve <ul><li>Unified, sustainable, excellent administrative structure </li></ul><ul><li>Central and unified electronic presence </li></ul><ul><ul><li>All resources with easy access </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>As present virtually as we are physically </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Open and supportive of the form of governance shaped by our Boards </li></ul>
  14. 14. How We’ll Serve <ul><li>When transition happens </li></ul><ul><ul><li>We each will be able to assist you as generalists, and in our core competencies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>When you need to go deeper, we may refer you to one of our colleagues </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>We will build on existing relationships, but not be restricted by them </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Increasing online resources and archived webinars </li></ul></ul>
  15. 15. First Step <ul><li>A change in our support for youth and young adult programming in region </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Continue to focus on supporting these ministries in our congregations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Multigenerational faith communities, including vibrant youth and young adult involvement </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Nancy Combs-Morgan hired to be Coordinator of Emerging YaYA Ministries for MidAmerica Region, starting Sept 1st </li></ul></ul>
  16. 16. What’s Next <ul><li>Move to having all co-employed District Staff serve the MidAmerica region over the next 12 – 18 months </li></ul><ul><li>Move to unified administrative structure in next 18-24 months </li></ul><ul><li>Will grab “low hanging fruit” as we recognize it </li></ul>
  17. 17. What’s Next <ul><li>Boards will continue conversations on governance </li></ul><ul><li>District Staff will support Boards’ decisions about governance </li></ul><ul><li>Excited about road ahead, and willing to adapt what’s necessary </li></ul><ul><li>A time of change and opportunity! </li></ul>
  18. 18. MidAmerica: Growing Regionalization Nancy Combs-Morgan, Ian Evison, Nancy Heege, Phil Lund, Lisa Presley, Dori Thexton