Governance and Board Development

Mid-South recommends that congregation boards of trustees incorporate time for orientation, education and reflection into their work together…
A recent article from InterConnections observes that “ Leadership Starts Before Board Meetings Begin.”
A Model for Unitarian Universalist Congregational Board Meetings by The Reverend Kenneth Gordon Hurto, District Executive, Florida District Unitarian Universalist Association
Mid-South’s Healthy Congregation Consultants are available to facilitate board retreats for Mid-South congregations. Contact the district executive, Connie Goodbread, to schedule.
Mid-South’s annual Presidents Convocation always discusses healthy board practices.
Mid-South recommends CHURCHWORKS: A Well-Body Book for Congregations, by Anne O. Heller (available from the UUA Bookstore as a resource about healthy congregations for board members.
The Southeast District has a fine (if long) reader for congregation boards.
Read about the importance of doing an orientation for board members!
For information about congregations and policy governance, visit: http://archive.uua.org/interconnections/policy/index.html
Also from Southeast District, comes a very helpful document about ‘Effective Group Facilitation.’

Great further reading:

Transforming Church Boards into Communities of Spiritual Leaders, by Charles M. Olsen. Inspiring, practical ways your board can make meetings into opportunities for deepening faith, developing leadership, and ultimately renewing your church. (Alban, 1995) UUA Bookstore #5187, $15.25.
Church Meetings that Work, by Gaylord Noyce. The three basic purposes of meetings: decision-making, learning, and community-building. For boards and committees. (Alban Institute, 1997) UUA Bookstore #5054, $9.95.
Boards that Make a Difference: A New Design for Leadership in Nonprofit and Public Organizations, by John Carver. Urges boards to take active roles in designing policies, clarifying mission, and improving relationships with officers and committees. (Jossey-Bass, 1998) UUA Bookstore #7167, $35.

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