Search Committee members are responsible for conducting a search and recommending to the congregation a candidate for settled ministry. This involves a commitment of approximately four hundred hours including overnight travel.
The Ministerial Search Committee is expected to be active for a year, from June 2015 until June 2016. It will have an initial two or three day retreat not far from Bloomington, facilitated by the UUA Transitions Office. Subsequently, there will be weekly meetings at a set time and place. There will be spikes of time when members develop the information packet to send to prospective candidates. This involves compiling information about the congregation and producing an attractive document. On their own time members will review the on-line candidate packets to become familiar with the applicants. Committee members will then interview a number of candidates by phone. During the pre-candidating period members will make at least three trips to “neutral pulpits” and will then meet with the selected candidates for an extended weekend. Finally, during the ‘candidating week’ committee members will be engaged intensively each day as their top candidate meets with the congregation and staff.
Keith Kron, UUA Director of Transitions and UUCB’s Ministerial Settlement Representative, will facilitate the initial retreat and will be our UUA contact throughout the process. The Ministerial Search Committee will have the resources and guidance of the UUA Transitions Office.
This is an extraordinary opportunity to help craft our future path, truly service as a spiritual practice.
Every committee member must be:
The time and focus involved in the search process cannot be overestimated. All Ministerial Search Committee members should forgo all other church committees and leadership responsibilities during the search.
Financial expenses related to committee activities will be reimbursed (e.g., telephone, mileage to pre-candidating sites, meals and lodging where required).
Adapted from the Settlement Handbook for Ministers and Congregations, Transitions Office, UUA