According to the UUA, the Program Church, with an average attendance of 150 to 350, is known for the quality and growing variety of its programs. The minister may be joined by another full-time professional and other staff positions also increase. Boards begin to focus on policy-making and oversight of congregation-wide matters, divesting themselves of the liaison responsibilities that are typical of pastoral church boards. A program council will often be created to coordinate the work of the congregation’s various program committees. Some experts maintain that the program church will be the most vulnerable to decline during the first quarter of the 21st century. Perhaps one in six UU congregations is a program church.
Our Program Council meets 3 times per year. Led by the First Vice-Chair of the Vestry, each Committee Chair is invited to participate.