Strategic Plan 2020
UUCGN has just finished its most successful pledge drive ever and is in better financial shape than years past. Capital reserves were replenished and the church was endowed with an $80K gift fund to spend on capital improvements at UUCGN with the board’s discretion.
Since 2017, 70 new members have swelled our ranks to a highest ever total membership. As of September 2018, we have 337 members and numerous friends and visitors.
Three trends strongly suggest that we can expect continued growth over the next decade.
First, demographic patterns in the age group most represented here are still moving to a peak. USA Today has stated that 10,000 baby boomers are retiring each day.
Second, a good percentage of them are heading to southern locales such as Naples, FL. According to a report by the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, the Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island area is rated the nation’s highest well-being community in the country, based on several factors, including its low 10.2% property tax rate, access to medical services, (defined as number of doctor's offices per 1,000 people ), and number of recreation centers per 1,000 people (9.6).
Third, people on the progressive end of the social and moral spectrum are looking for opportunities to join with others in response to the current populist political climate.
In short, it appears there is a fortuitous confluence of national politics; retiring baby boomers looking for a warm and healthful climate; and a unique, socially progressive mission attractive across all age groups. These have combined to make UUCGN an appealing option for many newcomers to the greater Naples area seeking intellectual and spiritual fulfillment and supportive community.
UUCGN is becoming increasingly known in southwest Florida as a faith community that is welcome and affirming to groups marginalized by mainstream churches. It is also becoming known for its social activism and resistance to ideas and policies that undermine democracy and further oppress marginalized groups.
2019 should also be setting the stage for a future vision of church growth. How will we respond to the issues of the growth in attendance? Is a new sanctuary necessary? Is a capital campaign necessary to begin funding our future hopes and plans? Learn more . . .