We are in the second year of our two-year interim ministry period, and our search for a settled minister is well under way. The Ministerial Search Committee is analyzing the results of the congregational survey, and those results will help us find the most suitable minister for our needs. And, it will help candidates determine whether we meet their needs.
Calling a minister is one of the most important tasks that face a congregation. There are myriad tasks involved in addition to the survey. Here’s our status as of November, 2012:
Our Congregational Record will soon be uploaded to the Unitarian Universalist Association’s Transitions web site for ministers in search to review. A great deal of work has gone into this electronic document not only by our current Search Committee but also by the previous committee, which laid much of the groundwork for our work.
The Congregational Record (CR) describes this congregation and a whole lot more: our location in Somerset County, the Borough of Somerville, Duke Farms, and area restaurants, for example. We also tell prospective ministers about our hopes and desires for our congregation’s growth and the qualities we are looking for in a minister. The CR will be available to UU ministers from around the country who are in search.
We will gather the names of ministers who are interested in our congregation and in helping us reach our goals. In late November, we will review the responses ministers gave to our CR, and we will review resumes. During this process, we will keep in mind the congregation’s responses to the recent survey to determine which candidates would be the best fit.
After we winnow down the list to a small number of ministers, we will post a more detailed “packet” online. This electronic document discusses our committees and includes slides and videos of our congregation in action. We are very excited to be working on this important step for our congregation.
On the first weekend of November, we will complete a Beyond Categorical Thinking workshop with the Search Committee, Board members and congregants. Growth can come in many forms, including how we broaden our minds to be open to change and to diversity in terms of our ministerial choice.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to approach Search Committee members. While some of our work is confidential, we can discuss our processes. We’re taking our work step-by-step and we’ve made excellent progress.