The congregation is currently seeking its next settled minister. The goal is to hire a new minister in May 2020 who would begin service the following August.
A Ministerial Search Committee was formed in May 2019 to coordinate the search process. The committee is responsible for collecting and sharing information about UUS with prospective ministers, reviewing applications, conducting phone and in-person interviews, and bringing a final candidate to Coralville to lead worship and engage in a week of meetings with the congregation.
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Sept – Oct 2019
A congregational survey will be sent to all members, meetings will be held with small ad hoc groups before and after services, and focus groups will be held with specific groups. The input collected from these efforts will be used to form a congregational profile to help prospective ministers become familiar with the congregation.
In addition, the UUA Transitions Office will lead the Sunday service on Oct. 6, followed by a
“Beyond Categorical Thinking” workshop. The goal is to encourage openness to diverse applicants by helping congregation members recognize and move beyond any biases they may hold in their vision of an acceptable minister.
The committee will publish a detailed recruitment document, including the congregational profile and additional information about UUS and the local area. This information will be made available to prospective ministers through an online portal that the UUA administers to coordinate ministerial searches throughout the denomination.
Dec 2019 – Jan 2020
Prospective ministers will begin learning about the congregation through the UUA portal and the UUS website. The committee will learn more about those prospective ministers who express an interest in our position, and they will conduct phone interviews with applicants who they think may be a good match.
Feb – March 2020
Three or four prospective ministers will be selected as “pre-candidates,” and the committee will invite each of them for a pre-candidating weekend, which includes a three-hour interview, a tour of the facilities, a tour of the area, a neutral pulpit service at another church, and a final lunch interview after the service.
The committee will then submit a ranked list of candidates to the UUA with each denoted as “yes, no or maybe”, as will all other congregations and candidates involved in searches this year. The UUA will then assist in discerning preferences and provide feedback to the committee on where they stand with regards to their preferred choice(s).
On March 26, official offers will be made. If the committee makes an offer and it is accepted, contract negotiations will then proceed.
April – May 2020
If their search has been successful, the committee will invite their chosen candidate to UUS for eight days in late April or early May. During this extended week, the candidate will lead two services and meet with many groups and individuals. The congregation will then vote on whether or not to call this candidate as the next settled minister.
Assuming the process has been successful, the new settled minister begins service.