The Board has been busy the last couple of months preparing to celebrate and release Rev. Marshall and Carrie to meet their highest good and preparing to welcome ours!
Our first task has been to understand all that goes on in the office and make preparations to cover the many tasks done by Rev. Marshall and Carrie. Julie Marca will be picking up extra hours integrating many of Carrie’s responsibilities. A small but important part-time position of Office Assistant/Special Events coordinator is being considered at least during the time we are waiting for a new minister.
I have been in consultation with and receiving guidance from Carrie Kenyon, Unity Worldwide Ministries, Ministry Employment; and Rev. Toni Boehm, Transitional Ministry Consultant, and former dean at Unity School for Religious Studies working with the guidelines set forth in their recommended “Hiring a New Minister Manual”.
We interviewed candidates for the Search Committee and selected Jenny Persha, Steve Roberts, Deb Lucas, Sarah Coyle, David Pauly, Carol Meyer, Louie Phillips and Laura Shaffer.
Several from this Committee will be working with the Board to complete the required Church Information Packet. Once the Packet is complete, potential candidates can apply for the opening.
The Search Committee will then receive applications, determine their compatibility to our unique community, arrange phone interviews, check references, do background checks and recommend up to 4 candidates to the Board. The Board then does phone interviews and discerns which candidates we want to come to Unity of Madison for a try-out. This process could possibly take approximately 4 to 7 months. With feedback from our Unity community, the Board makes the final decision to hire.
We are now in the process of considering guest speakers for January and possibly beyond. We are also considering hiring an Interim Minister to maintain stability in day to day affairs, help us to define who we are, envision our future, develop vision and mission statements, define our core values and identify the qualities we want in a new minister.
We look forward to seeing you each Sunday in the New Year as an active participant in co-creating the future of Unity of Madison! Let’s support one another as we adjust to the changes and embrace the blessing and opportunity before us to write the next chapter in the ongoing history of Unity of Madison! In the meantime, let’s enjoy the Christmas season and the time we have left to honor, love and show our appreciation to Rev. Marshall and Carrie for all that we have accomplished since they joined us on this journey 10 years ago.
Watch or listen for frequent updates ‘From the Board’ as our transition process unfolds. Please seek out a Board member if you have questions, comments or want to check-in to see what’s happening.
With love and appreciation on behalf of the Unity of Madison Board of Trustees,
Elaine Stebleton, President