Minister Search: Timeline

First U Posts Upcoming Position[1] July 2022 | Complete                

Search Committee Retreat[2]August 2022 | Complete

Congregational Survey[3]September 12 – October 2, 2022

Beyond Categorical Thinking Workshop[4]            
This workshop has two parts. The first is on Friday, September 30 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. and then on Saturday, October 1 from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. Find out more here.

Focus Groups[5]                      September 20 – October 23

Cottage Meetings[5]                     October 30 after Service

Minister Compensation & Contract[6]      
November 2022

Minister Document Package Uploaded[7]             
December 2022

Review Resumes of Interested Candidates         
January 2023

Phone / Video Interviews                        January 2023

In-Person Interviews[8]                           Feb/ March 2023

Search Committee Selects Finalist         TBD

Candidating week/ Congressional Vote[9]    TBD 

Finalization and Signing of Contract           TBD

New Minister Starts at First U                            August 1, 2023


[1] This posting only lets the UU community (i.e. ministers thinking of a search) know that we will be posting a new position; no specific information is posted yet (all UU churches are allowed to post their materials and go through the process at the same time). 

[2] The Search Committee had an in-person 2 day retreat on August 20th and 21st led by a First U facilitator (virtually).

[3] The survey will be sent out to all First U members, friends, and others on the UU email list to solicit their feedback about their church experience and preferences for the next minister. 

[4] This is a 3-hour virtual program for the benefit of the overall Congregation and is led by UUA to help identify any implicit or overt biases and how to counteract/ learn and grow from what is learned.

[5] Additional focus groups will be scheduled with staff, UU committees, and various UU groups. The cottage meetings/ focus groups will build on what is learned from the member surveys.        

[6] Board to decide on final compensation and contract provisions. 

[7] The document is the overview of the position, First U, and other important facets that prospective ministers interested in applying will see. 

[8] In-person interviews include the candidate acting as a guest speaker at a neutral pulpit (typically other UU) location confidentially attended by the Search Committee. It is anticipated that 3 candidates will be hosted during this timeframe. 

[9] During Candidating week, the preferred minister who accepted the offer will come for an entire week (including 2 Sunday services). During that week, the minister will meet as many of the members as possible and learn about the church. After the second service, the church will vote whether to accept the minister.