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Categories of Ministry

The Unitarian Universalist Association defines a number of different types of ministry, listed below. In this search process, UUCB is transitioning from a Developmental Minister (Rev. Howell Lind) to a Parish Minister (often called a “settled” minister).

During Rev. Lind’s Developmental Ministry, our community has focused on setting and pursuing clear church goals while building a strong foundation for the future health and growth of the church. We are seeking a minister who will help us continue along that path of success for many years to come.

UUA Categories of Ministry

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. It is a ministry with an indefinite tenure.

An Associate Minister is a minister who is “Called” by a congregation to serve in a congregation with a specific role and responsibilities. The Associate Minister shares in the responsibility for the direction and ministry of the congregation. The Associate Minister is a colleague to the Senior Minister or Lead Minister. It is a ministry with an indefinite tenure.

An Assistant Minister is a minister who is hired by either the Board of Trustees and/or the Senior Minister. The Assistant Minister has specific ministerial responsibilities and duties assigned by the Senior Minister and/or the Board. The Assistant Minister is both a colleague to, and supervised by, the Senior Minister.  It is traditionally a one-year ministry that can be annually renewed.

A UUA/District Consulting Minister –– or designated by the UUA now as a Developmental Minister –– is a minister who is hired by the Board of Trustees to do an intentional and focused ministry within the congregation. This “Developmental Ministry” is designed to lead and assist a congregation to fulfill those objectives that the congregation has said that it wanted to achieve. It is a ministry with a specified time frame where the UUA/District Developmental Ministry can be extended or where the Developmental Minister can be called as the congregation’s settled minister.

A District Consulting Minister is a minister who is recommended to a congregation by the District. This District Consulting Ministry is usually a less than full time position, often requiring specific ministerial skills needed in the particular congregational context. The District Consulting Minister is a minister hired by the congregation’s Board of Trustees for a period of one-year that can be annually renewed.

A Minister of Religious Education is a minister who is “Called” by a congregation to do a specialized ministry focused in the area of life span religious education and faith development within the congregation. 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.  It is a ministry with an indefinite tenure.

A Community Minister is a minister who does not directly serve the needs of 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.

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 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 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.

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