Mission Review Study
In January 2020, the congregation elected a Mission Review Team and charged it with charged with producing a Mission Study, within input from the congregation, to provide a current snapshot of Union Church: its strengths and weaknesses, the community it is serving, and its sense of call to ministry. The Study is intended to (1) help guide the Pastor Nominating Committee in preparing a Ministry Information Form for potential pastoral candidates; (2) help pastoral candidates to become acquainted with the Union Church; and (3) help the church council in their planning and evaluation of the congregation’s mission going forward.
Originally intended to take about six months, the work of the Team was delayed by the onset of the COVID crisis. The Study was completed in June 2021 and is available here: Mission Review Study
Congregational Assessment Tool (CAT) Results
In April 2021, Union Church completed a Congregational Assessment Tool (CAT) survey of the active participants in the life of Union Church. Eighty-one individuals completed the survey, a response rate of over 80 percent. The CAT is designed to help us:
- Measure the level of satisfaction and energy in our congregation.
- Identify the critical success factors for improving organizational climate.
- Pinpoint the strengths of our congregation’s culture.
- Discover where members would like to go in the future.
- Gauge readiness for change.
- Uncover potential resources we may be missing.
- Prepare for the search for our permanent pastor.
On Monday evening, April 12, members of the Boards of Trustees and Deacons, as well as the Mission Review Team, gathered virtually with our church consultant, Michelle Snyder, of Crows Feet Consulting, to review the results of the CAT and its implications for Union Church as we move forward with our pastoral search. A recording was made of this Zoom session and is available here: https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/pI6nsk_bWZ8Qpc2qX40L_8P1umEsTha8W0JglUmGlpF2UnmrRXAik5csLRsh3eYH.U6_yPkEZSBesfQXb Passcode: ?TD9h.p*.
A written report of the CAT results in PDF format is available here: http://ucph.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/UCPH-Congregation-Assessment-Tool-Results.pdf