Published on February 14, 2014
MidAmerica: Regionalization 2.0 Nancy Combs-Morgan, Ian Evison, Nancy Heege, Phil Lund, Lisa Presley, Dori Thexton – Your Regional Staff
MidAmerica Regionalization 2.0 Powerpoint created by Lisa Presley and adapted for presentation at the Districts’ Annual Assemblies, April, 2011
Move toward Regionalization Two types of regionalization under way: UUA and Governance o As UUA moves into Policy Governance… o District Boards looking at how changes at national level impact the district level Regional Staff looking at o How we provide support to congregations o Cross border resource sharing Both processes happening organically
District Board Conversations Recent, new collaboration by District Boards of Central Midwest, Heartland & Prairie Star Districts District Presidents of Central Midwest, Heartland & Prairie Star Districts attending each others’ Annual Conferences this year. Board members’ joint conference calls
District Board Conversations Whether to accept the UUA’s Ends rather than have their own How to account for differences in districts’ assets and liabilities Whether to end co-employment of District Staff Whether to change district governance structures
District Board Conversations District Boards are open to your questions and comments on this topic.
At the same time The District Staff of Central Midwest, Heartland, and Prairie Star Districts have been collaborating on service delivery, offering regional programs such as Midwest Leadership School, Youth Leadership School, and our frequent webinars. [now archived collectively at www.midwestuuleadership.org ]
Most recently The regional District Staff have developed a staffing proposal with a new team approach to serve our congregations better. Comments and suggestions are welcome as we begin to create these new systems.
Emerging Approach MidAmerica staff are changing how we work together Invite your input: contact us! Work transforms as we learn new and better ways Wheatley: strive for “less arduous and more delightful” Acknowledge change, gain, loss
Who we are Six District Staff members, working together across three districts: Nancy Combs-Morgan, Ian Evison, Nancy Heege, Phil Lund, Lisa Presley, and Dori Thexton
Values underlying our proposal Future Focused To be the church of the 21st Century Flexible and adaptable Modeling for service and support Team-based In our work and our approach A strong team working with strong teams in congregations
What We Foresee Staff with core competencies plus! Individual specializations Generative focus: next best thing Multiple points of entry When you know us or if you don’t Assessment and referral system Social Justice is part of what we do Inclusion writ large Antiracism, anti-oppression, multicultural
How We’ll Serve Unified, sustainable, excellent administrative structure Central and unified electronic presence All resources with easy access As present virtually as we are physically Open and supportive of the form of governance shaped by our Boards
How We’ll Serve When transition happens We each will be able to assist you as generalists, and in our core competencies When you need to go deeper, we may refer you to one of our colleagues We will build on existing relationships, but not be restricted by them Increasing online resources and archived webinars
First Step A change in our support for youth and young adult programming in region Continue to focus on supporting these ministries in our congregations Multigenerational faith communities, including vibrant youth and young adult involvement Nancy Combs-Morgan hired to be Coordinator of Emerging YaYA Ministries for MidAmerica Region, starting Sept 1st
What’s Next Move to having all co-employed District Staff serve the MidAmerica region over the next 12 – 18 months Move to unified administrative structure in next 18-24 months Will grab “low hanging fruit” as we recognize it
What’s Next Boards will continue conversations on governance District Staff will support Boards’ decisions about governance Excited about road ahead, and willing to adapt what’s necessary A time of change and opportunity!
MidAmerica: Growing Regionalization Nancy Combs-Morgan, Ian Evison, Nancy Heege, Phil Lund, Lisa Presley, Dori Thexton
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