Last night I led an online workshop called Five Signs of Congregational Decline (and What You Can Do about Them).  When I blogged about the workshop last week, I hinted at some of the changes I had made to Tony Morgan’s original list. Well, now that the workshop’s over, I guess I’ll go ahead and share my revised list, along with all of the resources (PDFs) I offered to folks who participated in the workshop. I’m also sharing a link to the Spiritual Development web page from the First Unitarian Church in Rochester, New York; a link to information about the Articulating Your UU Faith curriculum at the UUA Bookstore; an archived version of Social Media for Congregations; and a link to the registration page for an online workshop I’ll be offering next month called “Mission, Mission, Mission” (guess what that’s about!). And, if you’d like to register for next Tuesday’s encore of the Five Signs of Congregational Decline online workshop, click here. There’s still plenty of room!

1. Lack of Vision (Antidote: Mission)

Vision, Mission, and Covenant: Creating a Future Together,” [PDF] from New Congregation and Growth Resources, UUA

2. No Clear Path (Antidote: Faith Development)

Process, Not Program: Adult Faith Formation for Vital Congregations,” [PDF] by Diana Butler Bass

Faith Formation 2020 Summary,” [PDF] from Lifelong Faith Associates

Faith Formation 2020: Designing the Future of Faith Formation, [PDF] by John Roberto (Chapter One)

3. Complex Structure (Antidote: Simplicity)

Outline of Simple Church, [PDF] by Thom S. Rainer and Eric Geiger

Sunday School in a Simple Church,” [PDF] by Eric Geiger and David Francis

4. Inward Focus (Antidote: Social Action, Social Justice)

Insights into the Compassionate Congregation,” [PDF] by David Breeden and Theresa Zingery

5. Leadership Fatigue (Antidote: Effective Ministry)

How to Minister Effectively to Family, Pastoral, Program, and Corporate Sized Congregations,” [PDF] by Roy Oswald

Additional Resources

Spiritual Development web page from Rochester Unitarian

Information on Articulating Your UU Faith: A Five-Session Course at the UUA Bookstore

Archived version of “Social Media for Congregations” online workshop

Registration for next month’s “Mission, Mission, Mission,” online workshop