Organize Your Local UWF

How should our local group be organized?

According to National United Women in Faith, the structure or organization of a local UWF group can be flexible, to meet the needs and size of the group. 

  1. The minimum organization includes a president or main contact, and a treasurer.
  2. Additional designated roles may be added as needed, to enable the group to fulfill the Purpose of United Women in Faith. (see below for examples)

Why does El Camino Real District United Methodist Leadership Team have only a few designated roles now? 

The composition of the El Camino Real District UWF Leadership Team was changed in 2021.  While the overall work remains the same, the mission-oriented roles have been made more flexible to encourage participation in more avenues of ministry as the spirit leads.

Here are roles and functions your local group may choose to have. 

Examples of administrative roles and functions your local group may have:

Possible Titles Roles and Functions
President; Coordinator; Chair; Co-chair; Main contact Convener and official organizational representative;
chairs meetings, general coordination of the work of the organization;
shares fiduciary responsibility with treasurer.
Program coordinator; Vice President Convenes meetings or actions that may be needed in the absence of the president; coordinate the work of the organization with the president;
takes on specific tasks and roles such as program planning
Treasurer; Financial manager Keeps financial records, receives and distributes funds, provides financial reports
Secretary; Record keeper Keeps member lists and records of meetings; communicates information to
groups; shares fiduciary responsibility with treasurer.
Nominations committee chairperson Coordinates the committee’s work in identifying potential leaders.

Examples of functions, titles, and roles your local group may choose to have, to fulfill the mission and tasks related to the Purpose.

Possible Titles Roles and Functions
Communications coordinator; Communications manager; 
Communications team leader
Coordinate publicity and promotion in the group, church,
community; prepare news releases.
Program resources manager; Secretary for program resources Coordinate material resource procurement and distribution: promote current program resources; order and distribute materials as determined.
Spiritual life leader; Mission coordinator for spiritual growth Offer opportunities for the group to connect biblical and theological study to mission issues and actions; regularly include spiritual growth resources and practices in the group’s experience.
Social action team leader; Mission coordinator for social action; Service and advocacy leader Bring justice issues of concern to women, children and youth to the attention of the unit; facilitate advocacy action planning; promote the United Methodist Women social justice priorities.
Education and interpretation team leader; Mission coordinator for education and interpretation Inform and promote mission giving and mission education opportunities within United Methodist Women.
Membership, nurture and outreach coordinator; Membership growth coordinator;  Membership coordinator Ensures each active member is officially signed up; maintains membership lists; develops ways to attract, welcome and maintain new and current members.