Congregational Designations: Options for the Future


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A presentation on possible designations for small unaffiliated groups meeting in the Prairie Star District of the Unitarian Universalist Association.

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  • Over the last few years, things have really changed in the way we designate the various gatherings of Unitarian Universalists meeting in the Prairie Star District. And while these changes may have complicated things to a certain degree, they also represent an new growth opportunity for congregations, the district, and the entire association. Hello, I’m Phil Lund, Lifespan Program Director for the Prairie Star District of the Unitarian Universalist Association, and I’d like to welcome you to this presentation on Congregational Designations.
  • Congregational Designations: Options for the Future

    1. 1. Congregational Designations: Options for the Future Phillip Lund Lifespan Program Director Prairie Star District
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    4. 4. The difference?
    5. 5. Affiliation.
    6. 6. UUA Requirements <ul><li>30 adult charter members </li></ul><ul><li>Bylaws </li></ul><ul><li>Articles of Incorporation </li></ul><ul><li>A check </li></ul>
    7. 7. PSD Requirements None
    8. 8. Not Affiliated with UUA <ul><li>Okoboji </li></ul><ul><li>Storm Lake </li></ul><ul><li>Hutchinson </li></ul><ul><li>Buffalo </li></ul><ul><li>St. Cloud (Spirit Of Life) </li></ul><ul><li>St. Paul (Groveland) </li></ul><ul><li>Warrensburg </li></ul><ul><li>Dickinson </li></ul>
    9. 9. Two Categories <ul><li>Affiliated </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Decorah </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ashland </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Salina </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Unaffiliated </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Groveland </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Spirit of Life </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Buffalo </li></ul></ul>
    10. 10. Emerging <ul><li>An Emerging Congregation has not yet been accepted into the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) for membership. It may be new and growing toward full service or not yet ready to become a UUA member congregation. </li></ul>
    11. 11. New Category
    12. 12. Growth Program Area Goals <ul><li>By July 2014, as a result of the work of the Prairie Star District Growth Program Area: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>We will have 4 of the Emerging Congregations affiliated. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>We will have 4 new congregations in the process of being affiliated (satellites of larger churches or fellowships at new locations, but not full-service churches). </li></ul></ul>
    13. 13. New, Unaffiliated Groups
    14. 14. Three Options <ul><li>Work toward affiliation (Emerging) </li></ul><ul><li>Become members of an existing congregation (Multi-site branch) </li></ul><ul><li>Be designated as something other than a congregation (Fellowship/Study Group) </li></ul>
    15. 15. Emerging <ul><li>The designation indicates a commitment to grow and eventually become a full member congregation of the UUA. </li></ul><ul><li>The District Executive is the person that makes the request with the UUA headquarters office to add a group as an Emerging Congregation on the UUA website. </li></ul>
    16. 16. Prerequisites <ul><li>Leadership School </li></ul><ul><li>Radical Hospitality </li></ul><ul><li>Multigenerational Faith Development </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Youth & Young Adult Ministries </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Financial Contribution to PSD </li></ul>
    17. 17. Multi-site <ul><li>One church (meaning one staff, one board, one budget) meeting in multiple locations, usually with various sites developing unique personalities yet sharing the same “brand identity” and DNA. </li></ul>
    18. 18. Multi-site
    19. 19. Multi-site
    20. 20. Fellowship/Study Group <ul><li>A small group of Unitarian Universalists meeting on a semi-regular basis. </li></ul><ul><li>Meetings tend to be programmatic rather that worshipful. </li></ul><ul><li>Little or no interest in becoming a fully affiliated congregation or a multi-site branch. </li></ul>
    21. 21. Consistent Designations <ul><li>Emerging Congregations and Multi-site Branches will be listed on both the UUA and PSD websites. </li></ul><ul><li>Fellowship/Study Groups will be listed only in a separate section on the PSD website. </li></ul>
    22. 22. Healthy, Vital Congregations