• Board ResponsibilitiesRev. Lisa PresleyWhat does it mean to be a board member? What are your responsibilities? How should you approach the work? This workshop will help folks understand the difference between their fiduciary, strategic and generative responsibilities, and how to be a better board member.



    Rev. Dr. Lisa Presley – District Executive, Heartland District UUA


    Governance as Leadership: Reframing the Work of Nonprofit Boards, Richard P. Chait, William P. Ryan and Barbara E. Taylor; Wiley
    Governance and Ministry: Rethinking Board Leadership, Dan Hotchkiss; Alban Institute
    Congregational Leadership in Anxious Times: Being Calm and Courageous No Matter What, Peter L. Steinke, Alban Institute
    Leadership Without Easy Answers, Ronald A. Heifetz, Belknap Press of Harvard University Press

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  • Workshop presented at UU Church of Rockford, IL

    A key tension within our congregations, especially our growing congregations, is need for greater depth and range of lay leadership. This is perhaps being felt even more acutely in this period of post-recession financial strain where increasing professional staff is not an option. To meet this need congregations have been restructuring nominating committees into leadership development teams—broadening the charge of the group beyond filling a few key positions to stewardship of leadership development, intentional focus on growing new leaders.

    This workshop was an opportunity for congregational teams to share the work they are doing in this area and to hear about emerging best practices for work in this area, including both examples of what has been working and points where there have been challenges.

    Ian Evison, Congregational Services Director for the Central Midwest District, and Patricia D’Auria convened this discussion. Patricia D’Auria is a consultant with the CMwD and is part of a task force working on these issues at UU Church West in Brookfield, WI.

    From Nominating Committees to Leadership Development Teams


    Online UU Resources on the Subject:

    Harvest the Power: Developing Lay Leadership Tapestry of Faith Curriculum

    Leadership Development in the Large Congregation by Stefan Jonasson

    Nominating Committee: Making It Work for You, Don Skinner 2001,

    Colorado Church Treats Volunteers with Care, Don Skinner, 2005,

    Get The Most From Your Nominating Committee, Don Skinner, 2006,

    Leadership Starts With Ownership, Don Skinner, 2009,

  • Governance As LeadershipTen Good Ideas About Good Governance

    Many of our most committed leaders have sat in congregational board meetings and said to themselves “there must be a better way to do this work”! Many new people have volunteered to do simple task and found themselves frustrated amidst lack of clarity. In this workshop we will discuss not any one system of governance but practical and relatively simple ideas for making work flow better in service of mission.

    Lisa Presley, District Executive of the Heartland District of the UUA and
    Ian Evison, Congregational Service Director of the Central Midwest District of the UUA.

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    An opportunity for new presidents to learn the basics, share some resources, and network with those moving into the role.

  • Robert's Rules and Meeting Management

    Rev Lisa PresleyMeetings are one of the key events of our congregational life, but we don’t always know how to make them as effective and efficient as they could be. In this webinar, we look at how to do that: how to question our assumptions, include everyone, and choose how we decide. Both Robert’s Rules and consensus are explained and contrasted with each other.

    Presenter: Heartland District Executive (as of 2013, MidAmerica Regional Congregational Life Consultant) Rev. Lisa Presley.