Hiring Process for Acting Assistant Minister

UUCB polity gives the Minister (Chief of Staff) authority to hire employees other than a called, settled minister. This Acting Assistant Minister position is a staff hire, not a search for a called, settled minister. For more information about the different types of ministry, see below.

Because this is not a settled minister position,  the Minister has chosen to assemble a hiring team including representatives from Strategic Initiatives Committee, Religious Education Ministry, Youth, and Personnel Committee. They will conduct a hiring process as described below. They will inform the Board of their decision. In all of this, the hiring team will act as discerners using requisite skills described in the job description for evaluation and staying open to the Spirit during this important hiring process.

  • Phase 1: Applications due by May 1, 2018.
  • Phase 2: For candidates who possess the requisite skills, there will be video interviews with the full hiring team (panel of six people) the week of May 14.
  • Phase 3: For select candidates who possess the requisite skills, there will be a video interview with Rev. Kelly and one other member of the hiring team representing the Personnel Committee.
  • Phase 4: For the final candidate, there will be an in-person interview on May 29. Homestay and airfare will be covered by UUCB.
    • Time with Rev. Kelly and member(s)of the hiring team during the day.
    • Meeting with the entire hiring team in the late afternoon followed by dinner with a subgroup of the hiring team.
    • This in-person visit allows for mutual discernment, and the candidate will have the opportunity to interact and ask questions.
  • Phase 5: Offer by June 1. Should the primary candidate decline, Phases 4 and 5 will be repeated.
  • Phase 6: Introduction to the congregation – timeframe to be determined.

There will be an informational session to answer any questions on Sunday May 6,  10:15 – 10:45 in the Harper Room.

 

CATEGORIES OF MINISTRY for Unitarian Universalism

May 2018

 

Called or Settled ministry is a relationship where the congregation is in covenantal relationship with the minister to be their spiritual leader and pastor. It is created in conjunction with a vote from the congregation to enter into this unique relationship, and the position has an indefinite tenure.

A Parish Minister is a settled minister who is called by a congregation to serve as the parish minister of that congregation. The Parish Minister has overall responsibility for the direction of the congregation. The congregation typically follows a search process and cycle using the UUA Transitions office and systems.

An Associate Minister is a minister who is called by a congregation to serve in a congregation with specific roles and responsibilities. The Associate Minister is a colleague to the Senior Minister or Lead Minister and works to support the direction set forth by the Senior Minister. It is a ministry with an indefinite tenure.

An Assistant Minister is a minister who is hired by the Senior Minister and a hiring team if deemed necessary by the Senior Minister. The Assistant Minister has specific ministerial responsibilities and duties assigned by the Senior Minister. The Assistant Minister is both a colleague to, and supervised by, the Senior Minister. The tenure is not indefinite.

An Acting Assistant Minister is a minister who is hired by the Senior Minister and a hiring team if deemed necessary by that minister. The Acting Assistant Minister has specific ministerial responsibilities and duties assigned by the Senior Minister. They are both a colleague to, and supervised by, the Senior Minister.  It is a contract position (typically one or two years) with the option to hire at the end of the contract term.

A Ministerial Resident is a candidate for ministry who has completed all requirements of credentialing except final approval by the Ministerial Fellowship Committee of the UUA. This role is hired by the Senior Minister and a hiring team if deemed necessary by that minister. The Ministerial Resident has specific ministerial responsibilities and duties assigned by the Senior Minister and is both a colleague to, and supervised by, the Senior Minister. It is typically a contract position for one year.

A Contract or Consulting Minister is hired by the Board of Trustees to provide ministry services to the congregation. It is often a part time position, but can be full time in some case. Ministers generally work on a renewable yearly contract and their work is informed by the priorities set forth by the board. Candidates (non-fellowshipped ministers) can only serve one year, unless in rare cases, they are approved for a second year by the UUA Credentialing Director and Congregational Life Staff. Contracted Ministers can be called by the congregation after several years of service and after a vote of the congregation to do so.

A UUA Developmental Minister is a minister who is hired by the Board of Trustees through an executive search process upon approval by Regional Staff to do an intentional and focused ministry within the congregation.  This “Developmental Ministry” is designed to lead and assist a congregation to fulfill the developmental goals the congregation has said it wanted to achieve. Developmental Ministry is a partnership between the congregation, minister, and the UUA staff to help further shared goals. It is a ministry with a specified time frame (recommended 5-7 years). Developmental Ministers may not be hired or called at the end of the developmental period.

A Minister of Religious Education is a minister who is called by a congregation or contracted by the board, to do a specialized ministry focused in the area of lifespan religious education and faith development within the congregation. If called as an Associate, the Minister of Religious Education is of equal status with the Parish Minister in the congregation and is a colleague with the Parish Minister in providing ministry to the congregation.

A Community Minister is a minister who is not employed by the congregation. Traditionally, a Community Minister serves outside of the congregation (in areas such as hospital chaplaincy, etc.).  A Community Minister is not settled or called by a congregation, but is affiliated with a congregation and provides such ministerial duties or responsibilities to a congregation in areas agreed upon by the Parish Minister in the spirit of covenant and care.

An Interim Minister is a minister who is hired by the Board of Trustees to provide a ministry of transition between the called or settled ministers of the congregation and to prepare the congregation for its next settled minister.  This is usually a two-year ministry where the Interim Minister may not be considered for the settled ministry.

A Ministerial Intern is an individual who is in the process of becoming a credentialed and fellowshipped minister. A Ministerial Intern is a student at or recent graduate of a theological school. Part of the credentialing process to become a minister is to have a “field experience” with a congregation. This is traditionally a nine month internship in a congregational setting, supervised by the Parish Minister and with a congregational committee created to offer support and encouragement to the student.