Unitarian Universalist churches follow a form of governance known as congregational polity. Each congregation has control of its own affairs, appoints and elects its own leaders, and calls its own ministers. Read A Short History of congregational polity from the Unitarian Universalist Association.
Our church is governed by an elected Board of Trustees, consisting of 9 members. Each board member serves a three-year term. The terms are staggered, with three positions expiring each year. We have been moving toward a policy-based model of governance which frees the board to look at the big picture and set long-range goals and not become mired in the details of committee work. Instead, policies and procedures are created to cover the nitty gritty of running the church. Committees and other groups are empowered to carry out the ministries of the church, using our policies as a guide rather than seeking board approval for everything they wish to do.
To update a policy, request the Word version from the Office, change the document and submit it to the Board for review/approval.