How Governance Works at MVUUF

Board at Congregational Meeting

MVUUF operates using a program church model. We have a board that has responsibility for oversight, policy, mission, and leadership development, and a program council responsible for developing and implementing our programs.

We made this shift in our bylaws to a program model in 2006 by a congregational vote after several years of planning. The model creates the structures needed for membership growth.  See our organizational structure chart.

The pastoral to program church size transition began ten years ago and is still occurring now. The shift in board responsibilities away from program work has been very successful. We are like many congregations that are navigating the relationships among the minister, staff and lay leaders.

In 2008 we developed and approved a Covenant of Right Relations which guides us in all interactions, personal or business.

Other Governance documents: