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Next Steps Weekend: Congregational Stewardship Consulting

A Next Steps Weekend provides an opportunity for a stewardship consultant to gather information about your congregation. The consultant will want to get clear about your current situation and your desired future. Prior to arriving, the consultant will have received extensive written information about your congregation. In addition, the consultant will gather more information in a series of meetings while visiting the congregation. The consultant may want to meet with the following constituents:

  • Minister
  • Director of Religious Education
  • Any Other Professional Staff Members
  • Finance Committee Chair
  • Annual Budget Drive Chair
  • Strategic Planning Committee
  • Building and Grounds Committee Chair
  • Governing Board
  • Person Responsible for Nurturing New Members
  • Person Responsible for Coordinating Volunteers

A Next Steps Weekend will provide your congregation with specific recommendations to get "from here to there." Based on all the information gathered, the stewardship consultant will list several steps necessary to allow your congregation to reach its long-term goals. These recommendations will be given verbally at the end of the assessment visit, and will then be followed by a written summary. The recommendations may address the following issues:

  • Five-year Strategic Plan
  • Endowment Program
  • Annual Budget Drive
  • Capital Campaign
  • Facilities Planning
  • UUA loans, loan guarantees, and grants

A Next Steps Weekend will clarify ways in which the Congregational Stewardship Consultant Program may be helpful to your congregation. The program has provided consulting services to hundreds of congregations since 1985. Each stewardship consultant has had first-hand experience with a wide variety of stewardship issues and has been thoroughly trained through the Unitarian Universalist Office of Congregational Stewardship. Stewardship consultants are prepared to guide and coach your congregation through all aspects of your comprehensive fundraising processes.

For more information contact congstewardship @ uua.org.

This work is made possible by the generosity of individual donors and congregations. Please consider making a donation today.

Last updated on Wednesday, April 17, 2013.

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