Organization & Governance
UUFCO’s rapid growth and move to our new home have accelerated our transition from a pastoral- to a program-size congregation, creating the need for new teams and committees and inspiring an examination of our organizational structure and governance model. Currently the Board, the Governance Task Force, and other church leaders are studying Governance and Ministry by Dan Hotchkiss, who is consulting with us about the processes of governance by conversation, partnership, and policy. We look forward to welcoming a settled minister who can partner with us in developing a unified structure for making governance and operational decisions.
Board of Trustees
The UUFCO Board of Trustees is an eight member governing body that represents and acts for our congregation. The board ensures that the operations of UUFCO are managed effectively, in collaboration with minister and staff and in accordance with our new UUFCO Bylaws adopted in November 2016. Board responsibilities include oversight of congregational governance and policy, finance and budgeting, facilities, and long-range planning. The board holds monthly meetings that are open to the membership. As representatives of the congregation, board members are responsive to congregants’ ideas and concerns. Board members model a welcoming and open approach to visitors and demonstrate a high degree of professionalism when interacting with congregants, committees, and staff. The Leadership Development Committee manages the nomination process for open board positions. UUFCO elects incoming board members at our annual meeting in May.
Governance Task Force
The Governance Task Force (GTF) was created to help the board understand and implement governance by partnership, by conversation, and by policy. The task force meets regularly to study governance issues and engages the board and committees in thinking about big questions related to delegation and responsibility as well as oversight and accountability. We are fortunate that Rev. Hotchkiss has been able to consult online with representatives of the board and task force this year. The GTF has created a series of short videos based on those conversations. The GTF supports the board in creating high-level policies that will be the starting point for conversations and partnership with our new settled minister about governance and ministry at UUFCO.
Leadership Development Committee
The newly formed Leadership Development Committee (LDC) nurtures the health and vitality of the congregation’s leadership pool. They begin working with members in the earliest stages of the membership cycle to help them identify their gifts and interests and find meaningful roles in the shared ministries of our congregation. The LDC will be active in identifying resources for and providing ongoing education and development of congregational leaders. They will serve as the nominating committee for open board positions.
The Personnel Committee currently assists the board and minister with setting staff salaries and managing staff benefits and relations. Our new settled minister will act as chief of staff, supervising staff, supporting their development, and evaluating their performance.
Safety and Security Committee
The Safety and Security Committee monitors our complex building security systems. The committee conducts fire drills and formulates procedures and protocols for responding to medical emergencies and intrusions. A particular focus is on the protection of children and adults in the religious exploration wing of the building during Sunday services.