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Prairie Star District:
- Is one of 19 Districts of the UUA.
- Serves 59 Congregations in North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, and parts of Missouri and Wisconsin (plus another seven congregations in various stages of affiliation).
- Consists of about 9,300 members in local congregations.
- Covers 452,000 square miles.
- Has a Board of Directors that meets three times a year.
- Has an elected Trustee to the UUA Board.
- Has a District Executive who coordinates direct services to congregations such as growth consulting, program development, leadership development, and conflict management.
- Has a Director of Faith Development and Congregational Growth who coordinates faith development services and growth services.
- Has a full time Administrator and three part-time support and program staff members.
- Has a District Office in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
- Provides consulting to congregations in the areas of: social justice, conflict management, congregational staff compensation, financial management, congregational canvass, board retreats, mission statements, and planning processes.
- Provides leadership training programs for congregational leadership.
- Provides support for congregational stewardship.
- Provides resources for congregational growth.
- Encourages congregational social justice activities.
- Has an Annual Conference of workshops, worship, speakers and a business meeting.
- Has two summer camps: Camp UniStar at Cass Lake, Minnesota and CampStarTrail a one week camp in Ashland, Nebraska beginning in 2009
- Is partially supported by the Fair Share financial contributions of member congregations.
Prairie Star District is “owned and operated” by the congregations of the District. Congregational delegates elect the Board of Directors which hires the staff to help carry out the goals and vision of the Board. The work of the staff is supplemented by a multitude of volunteers.
The District Executive provides direct services to individual congregations, coordinates a network of resource people for the delivery of additional services, conducts short term crisis counseling for congregations, implements Board policy, and acts as a liaison with the UUA. The network of resource people includes the Congregational Consultants. The DE also works with the volunteer Coordinators of several program areas.
The Director of Faith Development and Congregational Growth coordinates a network of resource people who provide lifespan religious education and faith development services to congregations. The DFD works with the Coordinator of Emerging Youth-Young Adult Ministries.
The Coordinator of Emerging Youth-Young Adult Ministries supports District youth programming, provides resources for young adult programming and campus ministries.
Services for multiple congregations are grouped into Program Areas each with a volunteer Coordinator and a number of committees.