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Leadership Development



In the larger Unitarian Universalist movement, there is a need for leadership development teams, not just nominating committees.  At some churches they are also called “volunteer development” teams. 

In response to committee chair needs and with First Unitarian Church of Orlando (1U) Board of Trustees approval, a new Leadership Development team was formed in June 2019 with a temporary charter that was designed by Rev. Kathy Schmitz.

Our main role is to provide new and existing committee chairs and other lay leaders with support and training. We also help church members discern their special gifts and talents and how they might use them to engage with the mission and vision of the congregation. Furthermore, we help church members find which small groups and opportunities they most would like to participate in.

We’re happy to help get you connected to congregational life at 1U!


2020-2021 GOALS

  • Provide a “Chairs Orientation” before the start of the church year
  • Host the Chairs Council meeting each month for church leaders 
  • Offer leadership competency mini classes/trainings
  • Host online “Opportunity Fiesta” in Fall 
  • Host a Spring “discovery” event to help church members to identify their gifts
  • Work with Nominating Committee as needed
  • Update the Leadership Development Charter for 2020-2021

OFFICERS FOR 2020-2021

  • Cat Rigby, Chair
  • Kathy Homblette, Co-Chair
  • John Hartgering


Would you like to join the Leadership Development team talent pool?  Have special skills to share? Or just want us to help you get connected to volunteer opportunities in other church groups? Have an idea for a new program or group? 

We can assist you! Contact us at leadershipdevelopment@orlandouu.org and let us know your interests.