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Greg Ward at UUCB

posted Apr 25, 2016, 8:32 PM by Greg Ward   [ updated Apr 10, 2017, 6:35 PM ]

Reverend Greg Ward’s ministry has been an unalloyed blessing for our congregation.  We had a very bloated budget and were frantically chasing money all the time. Greg recommended and then implemented some very difficult downsizing of our staff that couldn’t have been accomplished with the normal debating method.  He also catalyzed a financial vision, along with Linda Laskowski’s graphs, that educated the congregation on our true financial position and expected future unless everyone chipped in more money. The result was an overwhelming increase in the financial commitment from the congregation.  The third most impressive accomplishment Greg produced was an upturn in the rate of new members and attracting the young demographic of young families we have tried to court for years.  They are joining now even though they don’t know who our settled minister will be.  During Greg’s leadership we have turned the corner from some very discouraging trends in membership and finances.

Greg’s services are dynamic, adventurous, learned, and inspiring.  He brings as many people as he can into creating them, as worship associates. He has impressed on the congregation that it’s our church and we need to step up and contribute their time and talents to take over some of the work formerly done by paid staff (that we couldn’t afford).  We are a much better church than we were a year and a half ago.  This wasn’t easy to do; it took a lot of hard work and even more courage.  It is hard to imagine how to express my gratitude.