My name is Greg Ward and I'm excited about helping congregations build community, grow leadership and move with a powerful, compelling vision into a strong future.

Please review my resume working with Unitarian Universalist congregations and other arenas of leadership and you'll begin to understand why I'm passionate and how I'm successful.  You also may appreciate having quick access to my ministerial record.

I have discovered that successful congregations are those who face transitions well and channel energy into their next settled ministry.  These communities learn how to develop focus, use clear, appreciative process and build the confidence required to meet challenges and reach goals.  One of the most exciting things congregations in transition can do is learn to bring curiosity, creativity, experience and resources to areas of confusion and ambiguity.  My role is helping develop a shared understanding of needs, grow leadership, build trust, strengthen communication, clarify roles and responsibilities, optimize governance, and cultivate a joy in doing it together. The following are the fundamental areas I can help leaders and communities:  
  • Acknowledging the grief and healing the discomfort which commonly accompanies times of transition
  • Promoting and celebrating the milestones where challenges were overcome and the core values revealed
  • Identifying a congregational vision which generates energy, optimism and purpose
  • Building communication resources and skills toward greater transparency and trust
  • Recognizing and supporting the ways education, pastoral care and small group ministry build resilient relationships
  • Finding a vision of shared values and using it to cultivate a culture of generous people
  • Standing on the side of love within and beyond the church to broaden Unitarian Universalist presence
  • Establishing a climate of support and enthusiasm for the successful incoming settled minister
A lifetime as a Unitarian Universalist and nearly twenty years in our professional ministry has given me the opportunity to work with a number of different settings as a member, lay leader and minister.  Some of what I've learned is described in my Ministerial Perspective.  To hear and see a little about my personal and family life, you can explore my Personal Page.

Working in this area of transition ministry is my calling.  What I bring that helps congregations move into their next                                                                                                        ministry with confidence and power are: 
                • An ability for everyone to understand, accept and appreciate the story of their congregation and their own involvement in it. 
                • Understanding healthy process and using appropriate organizational models and systems of communication and governance to lead at the speed of trust
                • Helping to give new momentum to energy trapped in lethargy, stuck in old conflicts or trapped in un-clarified purpose. 
                • Strengthening a clear connection between values, vision and generosity. 
                • Clarifying what strong administrational and personnel management looks like. 
                • Passionate, thoughtful, engaging, memorable, humorous and life-changing worship 
                • Clear commitment to education and leadership development. 
This site offers a sample of material that will help you have a sense of how my tone and style of ministry might match the vision and direction you see as the best next step for your congregation.  

Because a relational tone is important for establishing a connection, I have included several newsletter articles
Because finding the meaning in life-changing issues is essential, I have included several different sermons 
Because our lives - as well as our congregations - are always in transition, here are a few examples of rites of passage
Because our world is also in the midst of its own becoming, i have included some of my work in social justice
View my Feedback page and hear what members of my last congregation have said about the leadership I brought
If you are interested in continuing the conversation, I would be happy to connect you with my references