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Governance in Large Congregations

Unitarian Universalist (UU) congregations with more than 550 members are considered "large" in our faith community. If your congregation is in this category, you probably know well that the needs of larges congregations are very different.

  • The Size and Shape of Governance (PDF) by Stefan Jonasson
    A brief introduction to the topic of congregational governance, which identifies five key components of governance and offers a thumbnail sketch of how governance changes as congregations grow in size.
  • Linking Governance and Emotional Systems
    No governance model or organizational structure will be effective in the absence of a healthy emotional system in a congregation. This presentation at the 2007 General Assembly looked at the critical linkages between governance models and systems theory. This site includes links to the accompanying PowerPoint presentation and to relevant governance websites.
  • Carver Governance
    Policy Governance® is a specific set of concepts and principles and their application to the servant-leadership of boards and the board-management partnership.

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Last updated on Friday, October 17, 2014.

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