Accessible guidebook uses the human body as a model for a church community
Product Code: 7008
ISBN: 9781558963788
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Skinner House
Published Date: 04/01/1999
Pages: 240
Size: 9 x 8.5
Availability:In stock
Price: $20.00
Accessible guidebook uses the human body as a model for a church community. Provides creative and practical prescriptions for health in all aspects of a congregation-spiritual development, covenants and mission statements, growth and new membership, conflict resolution, ministry, building and grounds and more.
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Introduction  The Body as Metaphor

Chapter 1   Brain: Core Documents for Your Congregation

Chapter 2   Breath and Spirit: Animating Congregational Life

Chapter 3   Circulatory System: Nourishing Healthy Congregations

Chapter 4   Ears: Fostering Good Communications

Chapter 5   Eyes: Developing a Congregational Future

Chapter 6   Feet: Public Relations and Evangelism

Chapter 7   Hands: Social Action and Spiritual Growth

Chapter 8   Heart: Creating and Nurturing Ministry

Chapter 9   Liver: Dealing with Congregational Conflict

Chapter 10   Reproductive System: Membership Development

Chapter 11   Skeleton: Congregational Structures

Chapter 12   Skin, Hair, Teeth, and Nails: Better, More Attractive Buildings

Chapter 13   Stomach: Financial Nourishment and Stewardship

Core Documents for Your Congregation


The brain, safe inside the skull, is where the body organizes and stores its information. Every congregation should have a basic core of information about itself, organized and stored in a safe place. In the human body, such information is encoded into the smallest units of the body. In a congregation, such vital information must be affirmed by and available to every member of the congregation. It is information that a congregation would need if the building were flooded or burned down, or if important documents were lost or stolen. This chapter will help you identify the core information that your congregation should have and keep safe. The metaphor of the brain suggests ways in which these core documents might be discerned and organized. Always store these documents in a safe place-one copy of each should be kept inside your building and a second copy outside, in a safe deposit box.


First among valuable documents are the bylaws, which are the official beginnings of congregations. Bylaws describe the details by which congregations are structured. Bylaws are about governance, as distinguished from policy. Policies deal with finance, personnel, building use, and so on. Each congregation (in accordance with different countries, states, and provinces) constructs its own bylaws. Your congregation began when it formed a Bylaws Committee. Its members became knowledgeable about local requirements and constructed congregational bylaws. Your congregation voted its approval. The Bylaws Committee met after that for periodic review and preparation for submission of bylaw revisions to the congregation. If you are a brand-new congregation, forming a Bylaws Committee should be one of your first tasks. There are major categories of bylaws to consider, and questions to ask and answer in bylaws.

What is the purpose and/or covenant of the congregation?
What references do your bylaws make to the Unitarian Universalist Association and your District? (Specify your congregation's relationship to the larger Unitarian Universalist community.)

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