Welcome to a new church year! While the year officially began July 1, July and August are typically organizing and planning months, and this year was no exception. I have been asked frequently how it’s going with the Board. It’s going fine! The beginning of a new term is always interesting. Different people, different starting points, different priorities/personal agendas, different levels of experience all make…a difference. I’m looking forward to hitting our stride and working smoothly toward common board goals. It will come! It always comes!
Liaison re-assignments to our ministries occurred. We still have four ministries: Operations & Finance, Worship & Faith Development, Social Justice, and Congregational Life & Communications. Each ministry has one liaison except for Congregational Life & Communications which has two, to encourage the development of our communications presence in the greater community. For further explanation of Ministries and the Board’s work, please see your directory, a copy of which can be found in our members-only area of this website.
The Board agreed that to make the best of our resources and be a thriving church fulfilling our purpose, we need to understand what kinds of needs and difficulties our four ministries are experiencing, and where. SMART goals (now SMART-ER) are making a comeback. The Board is learning how to write effective goals and assist committee chairs as needed.
An ad hoc Policies & Procedures team formed. The first order of business was to ask the Board to accept the 2006 Revisions to the P&P as a starting point for updated P&P as the former P&P had little to do with the way UUCF does business. The 2006 Revisions, never adopted, precipitated the move to Bylaws and then were never finished. The Board approved the adoption. The new 2017 Working P&P are official, but incomplete as the revisions were never meant to be final drafts. There is a deadline of June 30, 2018 to complete those, and progress is occurring! If you are involved at all with any committee, please share what you know so that the way we do business is accurately reflected. Appointments will be scheduled with all our various chairs, staff, etc. so as to bring accurate policies and procedures to the Board for approval as required.
Board meetings are open meetings. Come see how church business is done! Note that issues to be discussed must be on the agenda and voting is limited to board members only.