The Metro Association formed its Blue Ribbon Committee in the fall of 2005 to assess the overall health of the Metro Association and to make recommendations for improving policies, procedures and organization.
Here is its preliminary report, made in April 2007.
In November 2007 the Committee reported back from its survey of Association members. The four-page survey was hand-delivered at the April 21, 2007 Association meeting and later mailed to assure the broadest possible response. From the 1,000 surveys distributed, 131 were completed. This represented response from 38 of the 47 churches active in the Association. Below are the key findings, concerns and strengths revealed in the survey.
The most important mission expression was “To embody God’s Love for all people;” closely followed by “To work for justice, healing, and wholeness of life”.
Membership Growth was the most important area identified for future Association focus (71%).
The vast majority of respondents (80%) said they would be willing to increase their dues/share their resources to better serve the churches, clergy, and association.
Almost half (45%) identified the simple base fee of $10 per member (with no annual increases in the foreseeable future as the most acceptable method).
Average Age of survey respondent was 61 (almost half were over 66 years of age).
Lack of Latino response to the survey, possible indicator of overall disconnectedness.
Almost 40% of Committee Members and almost 30% of Consistory/Council Members have been in their position for 10+ years (possibly preventing leadership development of newer and younger church members).
Social Justice ranks high in mission; area of low activity.
Membership Growth was the most desired area for future focus; it was also identified as a least effective area.
High familiarity with the UCC Metro Association (93%).
Of the five “primary” functions of the Metro Association, Management functions received the highest effectiveness evaluations.
Supporting and Overseeing In-Care Candidates
Coordinating Association Meetings
Filling Ministerial Positions
Responding to info requests
43% of the Ministers/Clergy have been serving in the church less than 4 years.
Church, Committee, and Consistory members are loyal.
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