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Resources for Small Congregations

Congregational Health and Vitality Resources

Contact your district office for a free copy of "Drive Time Essays 3: Small Congregations," an audio CD of short, spoken essays: offering big ideas, resources, and support for smaller congregations! Preview the content of Drive Time Essays Disc #3.

See the Small Congregations web pages of Northern New England District of the Untiarian Universalist Association (UUA).

Big Ideas for Small Congregations, a book by Jane Dwinell and Ellen Germann-Melosh.

Email lists, newsletters, and new media for small congregations.

Here are some readings on realities and variables in small congregations for leaders of those congregations.

The online edition of The Congregational Handbook covers many topics of interest to members and leaders of small congregations. From religious education to safety topics, from how to run a meeting to how to find your collective vision for the future, these and more are covered.

Selected Resources for Church Staff and Volunteers, includes information on practical matters of developing and running congregations from the perspective of various church roles; links cover membership, staffing, benefits, religious education, music, worship, and much more.

Growth Resources List for Small Congregations (PDF, 23 pages) is an annotated list subdivided by topics.

Staffing Resources

Smaller congregations looking for a part-time minister can find out more about the UUA's guidelines for holding a search (PDF) for part-time positions.

Worship and Religious Education Resources

The UUA's WorshipWeb has elements of worship services available on a range of topics.

The UUA offers curricula and support for religious education and lifespan faith development in UU congregations.

For small groups that meet for worship and religious education the Church of the Larger Fellowship offers a membership including resources to support these programs. These include the Church on Loan program; the complete worship services of Sundays Online; and RE Express Plus, which is a series of religious education lesson plans.

For more information contact smallcongregations @ uua.org.

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Last updated on Tuesday, April 26, 2011.

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