Minister Search

UUCSS Ministerial Search Committee

UUCSS is currently in the midst of a search process for its next settled minister. As part of that process, the congregation appointed a seven member search committee at its June 2018 annual meeting. The search committee members are (left to right, below): Janne Harrelson, Maggie Hayes, Colin Riggs, Carol Hamilton (chair), Alice-Ann Beachy, Carl Miller, and Susannah Numa.  They can be reached at search@uucss.org.

Six major phases of the Search Process

  1. GETTING STARTED (June – August): Search committee and board familiarized themselves with the search process. Search committee held a retreat facilitated by our Unitarian Universalist Association search coach. Search committee agreed on roles and responsibilities.
  2. CONGREGATIONAL CONVERSATIONS (September- October): Through a series of cottage meetings and an online survey, members and friends are invited to provide their input into the search process. Questions that will be considered include: To what is this church called? What is our vision for ourselves? What are the things we want to do together as a congregation to live our faith? Where do we, as a faith community, want to direct our attention? This input process will culminate in an all-congregational session to distill the data collected on October 14th. The themes that emerge from this discernment process will inform what goes into the congregational record.
  3. CREATING THE CONGREGATIONAL RECORD AND PACKET (October – November): Each congregation in search provides comprehensive information through a UUA sponsored website that ministerial candidates can review. Ministers also create a profile of themselves on this platform that the search committee will access.
  4. INTERVIEW PROCESS (December- January): The search committee will review the portfolios of the ministers who have expressed interest in our congregation. They will choose 8-10 candidates and conduct video interviews with each.
  5. NEUTRAL PULPIT VISITS (February-March): The search committee will invite 3-4 candidates to a weekend interview. During this interview the candidate will preach at a neutral pulpit with search committee members present.
  6. CANDIDATING WEEK (April/May): The search committee will invite their final candidate to spend a week at the church. The ministerial candidate will preach on the first Sunday, participate in many events throughout the week to meet as many members as possible, and then preach again on the following Sunday. The congregation will then vote as to whether to call the candidate as the settled minister.

The search process at a glance (link).
 

 

 

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