Leadership Team’s September 7 Meeting

The UUMC Leadership Team (LT) held a regular meeting on September 7.  This twelve-member team plus the pastor handles the church’s administrative functions (finance, buildings and grounds, and staff-parish relations) plus the overall planning, visioning, and mission fulfillment for UUMC.

Rev. Diane led an interactive learning session to understand the RACI approach that can be used for each significant action by our church to determine who is Responsible, who is Accountable, who should be Consulted, and who should be Informed as the action is developed and always before it is finalized.

In the strategy, future and big picture portion of the agenda, we reviewed the average monthly worship attendance from 2012-2017 showing that 2017 attendance is down about 5% compared to 2016.  We gathered more ideas on how to accomplish the 2017-18 UUMC goals which are:  

  • Tell our story within and outside the walls of the church.

  • Use personal gifts, financial and facility resources for achieving the greatest good.  This includes review and recommendations of long-term directions for church property and investments.

  • Discover and use gifts for social justice.

  • Promote newly developed discipleship path and roll it out to the whole congregation.

Key administrative highlights of the meeting included:

  • The conversion from Church Windows to QuickBooks software is nearing an end for the ongoing UUMC accounting and financial reporting.  One conversion highlight is that we are now using Commerce Bank’s free, online banking process to generate the church’s checks to eliminate UUMC expenses including postage.

  • The LT voted to increase the funding from the church’s memorial fund to help pay for the nearly-finalized, new exterior UUMC sign at the corner of Washington and Trinity; other funding came from members’ contributions and a grant from the Missouri United Methodist Foundation.   

October 12 is the next regular meeting of the Leadership Team from 7:00-9:00 pm in the church library.  These meetings are open to all UUMC members.

Please contact Dan Barrett, Lay Leader and LT Chair (314-726-2509) if you have any questions.