Every three years, the UUCF Board of DirectorsCoordinating Team (CT) and Lay Ministers Council (LMC) engage in crafting the congregation’s Strategic Plan. Click here for the 2015-18 Strategic Plan.

The strategic plan enables the board, CT and lay ministers to appropriately support existing and emerging programs. It serves as a guide for the Lay Ministers in implementing and evaluating their programs and for making adjustments. Particularly, the plan enables the Coordinating Team to make decisions about resource allocation and program emphasis and content.

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Our strategic plan starts with our mission and vision. Under our policy-based governance model we develop ends statements – long-term and broad statements of what our congregation wishes to become – to help guide us in fulfilling our mission and vision. Our Board of Directors is responsible for developing our ends statements.

The next tier in a strategic plan includes goals. These are envisioned by congregational leaders at a planning session, further refined by the Coordinating Team for review again by leadership and then by the congregation as a whole. Usually, it will take more than one year to complete a goal, hence the creation of a strategic plan for three to five years. Just as the ends statements must be moving UUCF toward fulfilling its mission and vision, the goals must be moving us toward accomplishing one or more of the ends statements. Click here for the 2015-18 Strategic Plan.

The final tier is composed of the many individual programs or action plans that directly relate to the goals written by the Lay Ministers. These action plans include descriptions of the actions to be taken in completing each program (e.g., holding four orientation sessions a year), the financial and human costs involved and estimates of the demand on UUCF facilities. Each action plan or program must be tied to one or more ends statement, so that all of our programs are tied to reaching our mission and vision.