By Rev. James Kubal-Komoto
Two recent Fellowship Matters blog posts, by board president Jim Van Kirk and past board president Mary Kay Fruga, address how UUFR’s leadership is assessing how well we are doing and how we solicit feedback from the congregation.
We believe hearing both positive and negative feedback helps us improve in our ability to fulfill our congregation’s mission and vision. We also know that if we don’t create official channels for providing feedback, unofficial channels will be created.
(The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. often preached publicly about the evils of racism, poverty, and militarism, but from his own pulpit at Ebenezer Street Baptist Church in Atlanta, he also occasionally preached about the evils of church gossip.)
Jim and Mary Kay’s posts mention town-hall-style meetings, a planned board evaluation, recent staff evaluations, and Loop Groups facilitated by the Committee on Ministry as tools we use to solicit feedback.
These are important feedback tools. However, we also realize that members and visitors to the congregation may want to offer feedback at other times, so UUFR leadership has developed one more tool…a feedback form.
Members and visitors to UUFR can use this form to provide feedback regarding their preferences about almost anything happening at UUFR. The form can also be used to provide feedback about performance – – how well the staff, the board, a committee, a team, or a volunteer are performing their jobs. The form can also be used to provide feedback on existing or needed board policies or to report a violation of a policy.
You can find out more about the form, including examples of possible feedback, and access it at www.uufr.org/feedback .