As our congregation seeks a settled minister, is essential we find someone who will embrace the trajectory of growth and transformation this church has set for itself during the years leading up to and including our current Developmental Ministry. UUCB’s mission statement and simple church focus describe the aspirations of this faith community; the church goals name specific ways this congregation hopes to grow and flourish in service of that mission. The goals will guide the collaborative work of lay leaders, ministers and staff for years to come.
The Unitarian Universalist Church of Boulder will become a beacon of liberal religion, committed to:
- Nurturing the spiritual growth of our diverse and multigenerational religious community
- Fostering ministry and hospitality between and among our members, friends and visitors
- Actively promoting Unitarian Universalist values here and in the wider world
- Sustaining these efforts through our culture of social justice and generosity
Simple Church Focus
Deepening faith, living well, and enacting justice
Broad Church Goals
These goals were developed from the 2007 Dream Report, the original Consulting Ministry goals (2008-2013), and the visioning work done through the Appreciative Inquiry process and with the Board of Trustees. The Board will review these goals annually with each Developmental Contract renewal.
During the Developmental Ministry, the shared goals of our congregation and our professional ministry team are to:
- As a congregation, both individually and as a whole, make personal commitments that can transform us by making our Unitarian Universalist values truly a part of our everyday lives.
- Increase our social justice presence in the local community and provide opportunities for social justice work through our external ministry. Develop connections and partnerships with community and interfaith organizations that share our Unitarian Universalist values.
- Support and encourage the creation of social justice programs that appeal to a greater percentage of our church membership, helping to make social justice work an integral part of our church.
- Continue to focus on All Church Social Change Events and programs that lead our congregation toward increased generosity and involvement in our larger community.
- Practice radical hospitality so that members, friends, visitors, and strangers feel welcome and cared for in our church.
- Develop a culture of spiritual and financial generosity, striving to live our behavioral covenant of faith each and every day.
- Provide community-building opportunities both within affinity groups (age-specific, life-stage, neighborhood, etc.) and across traditional boundaries (multigenerational experiences). Foster mentoring relationships for children, youth, young adult, middle agers, and wise elders.
- Nurture deeper connections within our congregation through ministries, committees, covenant groups, affinity groups, and special events.
- Provide meaningful, fulfilling, and inspiring worship and spiritual experiences that nurture our individual and community spiritual growth.
- Create multigenerational worship experiences that provide a meaningful church experience for all.
- Expand “worship” beyond Sunday morning and into new settings and experiences.
Lifespan Faith Development
- Strengthen our full-church Lifespan Faith Development program, addressing the needs of children, youth, young adults, middle agers, and wise elders.
- Make our children and youth programs vibrant and compelling, so families choose to attend regularly.
- Develop a robust and vital family ministry.
- Foster a strong under-18 community, which supports mentoring and friendship across age groups and builds an exciting children’s ministry.
- Enhance our internal ministries to create programs and events that nurture our spiritual development and fulfill our church’s mission.
- Develop a strategic plan with an organizational structure that takes into account our church goals, all of our church’s ministries, and the aspirations identified by the Appreciative Inquiry process.
- Create operational and longer term capital plans to achieve an expanded professional ministry team and supporting church staff.
- Develop capital plans to support our growth and the church’s maintenance needs for buildings and grounds, incorporating recommendations from the Grow Task Force.
- Implement a ministerial succession plan that transitions our church to a settled parish minister.