Listening to YOUU
The final step in preparing to open the minister search is completing the Congregational Record, which is posted on the UUA search website.
A strategic part of outreach to ministers in search, the Congregational Record includes comprehensive information about Emerson and the surrounding community. A thorough review of the document allows potential candidates to make informed decisions about whether they are interested in a church and if their experience and skill set are a good fit for what the congregation is looking for.
Our congregational survey in September and a series of small-group meetings in October gave Emersonians opportunities to provide valuable feedback on what our congregation needs and wants in a settled minister.
Conclusion: Emerson’s respondents reflect a picture of a well-educated, socially conscious, but aging urban congregation bound together by a strong sense of community, belonging and mutual support, that aspires to get even more involved, expand its reach and attract a younger and more diverse group of members.
Their shared vision of a new minister is a person who can offer inspiring, challenging and dynamic worship services; connect with individual members and provide spiritual support, inspiration and congregational care; foster the development and growth of the congregation, in not only membership numbers but also involvement; and provide leadership in envisioning and planning for the future.
A bird’s-eye view of the survey (survey summary)
The nitty-gritty (all survey responses)
Questions about Emerson’s search? Email the committee at firstname.lastname@example.org.