Policy‐based governance (P‐BG) has become the standard model for organizing the governance of larger UU congregations. As a method of governance, it has positive features like a high degree of customizability (one size of P-BG does not have to fit all), an emphasis on accountability and responsibility, and the ability to experiment and change if some aspect of the governance is not working.

 As the most fundamental principle underlying P-BG, the Congregation as a whole delegates authority to the Board to manage the congregation, while at the same time the Congregation holds the Board accountable through the election process. The Board, in turn, delegates almost all of the responsibility for day-to-day management of the Fellowship to an Executive Authority (although there are clear limits set on the Executive Authority, referred to as "Executive Limitations").

Please view the following for a more in-depth view of Policy-Based Governance:

To view the governing policies, please see the Governance Documents area.