Resource Spotlight – The Membership Journey


The Membership Journey (PDF)

Friends,  the night before last I led a webinar on “mobilizing volunteers” in UU congregations.  Follow up emails have included some questions about what resources are available on Membership from the UUA.  Here are links to the UUA’s membership resources, as well as a detailed listing of what’s contained in the document, The Membership Journey.

Search results on UUA Leaders Library for  Membership

How-to’s for Deepening Church Members’ Sense of Belonging

The Membership Journey (PDF)

Contents with page #s

PREPARATION FOR NEW MEMBERS 6
Membership: More Than a Numbers Game 7
A Clear Mission Can Guide Growth 9
The Leader’s Role in a Growing Church 10
Membership and Growth 11

BEYOND THE WELCOME MAT 13
Twelve Characteristics of a Vital Congregation 13
Ten Recommendations for Growing a Congregation 15
Outreach and Welcoming 18
Outreach to Particular Populations 25
Primary Responsibility for Outreach: The Membership Committee? 28

DEEPENING THE CONNECTIONS 31
Exploration 31
Pathway to Membership 35
Membership Briefings 36
Membership Classes 36
Small Group Ministry 38
JOINING THE CONGREGATION 40
Recognition of New Members 41
Bridging Ceremonies Mark Young Adulthood 42
Life after Signing the Book 42
MEMBERSHIP AS A LIFELONG JOURNEY 44
A Culture Supporting Maturational Membership 44
Shared Ministry 45
Leadership Development 46
Programming for Life 48
Religious Education 49
Small Groups, Small Groups, Small Groups 50
Pastoral Care 51

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