New Leader Development Resources
These resources are provided by Rev. Renee Ruchotzke, CERG Leadership Development Consultant. We also recommend you visit the UUA Resources Pages for additional resources listings. Of particular note is the Top Picks for Leadership Development on the UUA website.
You may also want to look at the resource pages on Conflict Management, Governance, Healthy Congregations, Stewardship/Annual Canvass,
On Demand Webinars
- Making Church Work Series (Coming Spring 2011)
- Rethinking the Committee: "Doing church" in the 21st Century
- Creating Meetings that Matter
- Pulling Together: Cultivating a Ministry of Volunteerism
- Passing the torch: transitions in leadership positions
- Listen Up: Opening Lines of Communication in Your Congregation
Web-based Resources: Articles
- Leadership Development in the Large Congregation (pdf) by Stefan Jonasson
- Authority or Leadership? by Dan Hotchkiss
- Harnessing Motivation in Volunteers Congregational Resource Guide
Web-based Resources: Blogs
- Interconnections Tipsheet http://tipsheet.blogs.uua.org/
- Ten Minutes Or Less: Helpful Hints For Busy Clergy And Lay Leaders http://tenminutesorless.blogspot.com/
Web-based Resources: Newsletters
- Interconnections - An email newsletter that publishes tips and stories about vital congregations for lay leaders and the professional staff who work with them.
Web-based Resources: Videos
- Juana Bordas on Multicultural Leadership (3:16)
- Avoiding the Nomination Committee Curse Rev. Randy Becker (23:15)
- Volunteer Recruitment: Dos and Don'ts (5:45)
Web-based Resources: Other
- Harvest the Power - This 12-session Tapestry of Faith workshop provides leadership skill development that goes hand-in-hand with faith development. The program helps lay leaders grow in spirit as they grow as leaders.
- Drive Time Essays - Short, spoken essays designed to engage, inspire, uplift, enlighten, rejuvenate and motivate. (MP3 and PDF)
- Learn from Other Lay Leaders - A wide selection of email discussion listservs for congregational leaders in various roles.
- The Congregational Handbook - This free resource focuses on using a process—rather than a recipe with a predetermined outcome—to deal with congregational complexities. Congregations can use these processes to make a decision, discern their next steps in development, or embark on a culture transition.
- Churchworks: A Well-Body Book for Congregations by Anne Odin Heller - Provides creative and practical prescriptions for health in all aspects of a congregation-spiritual development, covenants and mission statements, growth and new membership, conflict resolution, ministry, building and grounds and more.
- Congregational Leadership in Anxious Times: Being Calm and Courageous No Matter What by Peter L. Steinke - Anxious times hold not only the potential for loss but also for creation, important learnings, and changes that will strengthen the congregation. To remain effective, congregational leaders must control their own uneasiness. Knowing how to deal with anxiety and how to work through complex challenges can lead a congregation to new insights, growth, and vitality.
- From Stuck to Unstuck: Overcoming Congregational Impasse by Kenneth A. Halstead - Use insights from systems theory and from several therapy methods to explain ways of becoming "unstuck." This could be just the resource your congregation needs to make a breakthrough.
- Salsa, Soul, and Spirit: Leadership for a Multicultural Age by Juana Bordas - This model offers leaders new approaches that will increase their interpersonal effectiveness with diverse populations by incorporating the influences, practices and values of a variety of cultures in a respectful and productive manner.
- Transforming Church Boards into Communities of Spiritual Leaders by Charles M. Olsen - A bold vision of leadership—one that offers church board work as an integral part of congregational leaders' faith experience and development. Discover inspiring, practical ways your board can make its meetings become opportunities for deepening faith, developing leadership, and ultimately renewing your church.