• Rev Lisa PresleyPodcast by Rev. Lisa Presley

    How Do We DO BETTER as congregations? We are such a mix of individuals and yet we work together fantastically! So what happens when we don’t agree to disagree?

    Lisa Presley will give you insight into conflict resolution and what it takes to exist beyond knowing what we support as individuals and DO BETTER as a congregation. It’s no longer about saving the day. It’s how can we recognize conflict sooner rather than later?

    LISTEN at the UU Perspective Podcast!

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    Tina LewisWelcoming visitors is often seen as the most important aspect of the ministry of hospitality, but retaining members is just as, if not more, important to our long-term vitality. Most congregations struggle with “the revolving door” from time to time. Join Tina Lewis, Membership Director at Unity Temple in Oak Park, IL, to learn about a successful new program they developed last year and are refining to offer again soon.

    Host: MidAmerica Congregational Life Consultant Dori Thexton

  • Small Group MinistryPresenter: Peter Bowden

    Peter Bowdenuuamp-logo-xsEach and every year hundreds of thousands of people visit Unitarian Universalist Association congregations, as many people as we have members! Thanks to the internet, people are able to educate themselves about our faith, listen to sermons, and increasingly show up pre-qualified for membership. It is the perfect set up for rapid numerical membership growth. So what’s wrong? And more important, what can we do about it? The answer is relationship! To welcome these thousands upon thousands of people into our hearts and lives, we must increase the relational capacity of our ministry. Small group ministries are the key. In this webinar we explore the important role small group ministry plays in congregational growth and membership development.

  • Rev Andrew PakulaWebinar   New UnityThe Rev. Andrew Pakula was Prairie Star District’s theme presenter at the Fall 2011 Small Congregation Conference in Des Moines, IA. Andy’s presentations were extremely well received by those in attendance. The three are: The New Unity Story, Using Social Media, and Attracting Young Adults.

    Presenter: Rev. Andrew Pakula

    Andy Pakula is senior minister of New Unity-Unitarians, a small congregation in London, England which has grown from 35 to 100+ members in just five short years. To find out more about Andy and New Unity, check out Andy's blog and New Unity’s website

  • small congregation websites webinar

    Rev Phil Lund 2014lori sirtoskyHow can small congregations use their web presence to raise their profile in their community? By using the internet to gather like-minded individuals for face-to-face meetings beyond the walls of the congregation. This webinar explores a web platform that does just that.

    Facilitators: Phillip Lund, Congregational Life Consultant MidAmerica-UUA, and Lori Sirtosky of Sacred Path UU Church in Indianapolis.

  • Welcoming the Stranger Webinar thumbnail smFacilitator: Lori Emison Clair

    Now, more than ever, it’s important to be truly welcoming to the strangers who come through our congregations' doors. This webinar will present one example of a successful visitor welcoming process used by a growing a UU congregation.

    Lori Emison Clair worked at First Unitarian Church in Des Moines from 2004 to 2015, first as Membership Coordinator, then as Director of Congregational Life. During that time First Unitarian’s membership grew from 240 to 539. Lori also helped form the Unitarian Universalist Association of Membership Professional (UUAMP), serving that organization in several capacities. She currently is working as a consultant with congregations throughout the UUA.