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Services for Large Congregations

The mission of the Large Congregations Office is "to help Unitarian Universalism fulfill its potential by identifying and providing resources that serve the developmental needs of its larger congregations in ways that are innovative, size-appropriate, and faithful to our liberal values."

The Large Congregations Office was established in 1998 to better serve the Unitarian Universalist Association's (UUA's) largest congregations (with 550 or more members). There are presently forty-two large congregations (PDF, 3 pages) served by this program, as well as a score of larger midsize congregations (425-550 members) that receive services aimed at helping them manage the size transition. As one of only two denominations known to maintain a distinct office for large congregations, the UUA is a pioneer in this area of American church life.

Under the leadership of the Director for Large Congregations and the Growth Services Program Manager, the Large Congregations Office seeks to identify appropriate resources and develop strategies to deliver them to large congregations in partnership with the Association and its districts. This office monitors trends among large congregations in other denominations, looking for models and methods that can be applied in a Unitarian Universalist context.

Consulting services are available by telephone, email, web conferencing and on-site visits to congregations.

A collection of monographs by various authors on valuable topics for the leaders of large churches: congregational size transitions, finance, leadership and governance, growth, ministry, religious education, small group ministry, and staffing matters.

Further Reading
An annotated bibliography of publications that are especially valuable for the leaders of large congregations.

Additional Resources and Links
An annotated list of agencies, links and web-based resources for the leaders of large congregations.

Conferences and Events
A convenient list of upcoming conferences and events, hosted both by the Unitarian Universalist Association and by other organizations, along with an archive of the proceedings of past UUA-sponsored conferences for large congregations.

Email Forums
UUA email lists and communications forums of particular interest to leaders in large congregations.

Large Congregations Team
An interdepartmental UUA panel which includes UUA staff and representatives from key large church constituencies, the Large Congregations Team meets on a regular basis to examine the needs of larger and larger midsize congregations, review the UUA's efforts to serve them, and establish priorities for our ongoing work with these congregations.

For more information contact largecongregations @

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

Last updated on Wednesday, May 18, 2011.

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