The Search Committee

In search for our Assistant minister for life and learning

Full job description here: USSB Assistant Minister for Congregational Life & Learning

Update from the Search Committee Jan. 30, 2015

Now that we have called Rev. Julia Hamilton as our new Lead Minister­–a post she will begin in August–we are ready to begin the search for an Assistant Minister for our active and growing congregation. The board has appointed Charla Bregante, Ken Ralph, Chris Shorb, Keith Strohmaier, and Jody Thomas to serve on a task force for this purpose. The task force will work closely with Rev. Julia and Rev. Lee Bond-Upson to find the best match for our congregation. The Assistant Minister will be hired by the board for a three-year contract.

We are looking for a minister who can form a dynamic partnership with our Lead Minister and with the congregation. The Assistant Minister will be asked to play a key role in supporting the congregation to fulfill its mission. We see this as a position for a compassionate leader and effective program organizer, who welcomes challenges and who, through both expertise and example, can empower the laity to carry out its goals and cultivate new strengths.

The portfolio for the Assistant Minister for Congregational Life and Learning will be grounded in three main areas: Membership and Community Life, Lifespan Religious Education, and Small Groups. We are seeking someone who has a vision and passion for lifelong learning and will integrate religious education into the larger life of the congregation, supervising our full-time Religious Educator and our part-time Youth Coordinator. We are interested in a minister who understands the power and importance of small groups within a large congregation, who will nurture and train lay leaders in this area, and encourage the continued growth of our Connection Circles, affinity groups and spiritual practice groups. This minister will also supervise our part-time Membership Coordinator and our vibrant Membership Ministry.

The Assistant Minister will actively collaborate with the Lead Minister in the areas of Pastoral Care and Social Justice and will have a visible role in the worship life of the congregation, participating with our Lead Minister and Worship Associates in the weekly planning of worship activities and leading worship on average once a month. The Assistant Minister will also provide continuity in leadership when the Lead Minister is away.

Throughout January and February, the task force will be busy reviewing ministerial packets from potential candidates, contacting interested candidates, conducting group phone interviews, and interviewing named references. From these efforts the task force will select three pre-candidates.

In the latter part of February and into March, the task force will winnow down the initial group of three candidates to one. The task force will interview the candidate and may arrange for a neutral pulpit to hear the candidate preach. As the Assistant Minister position is a “hire” and not a “call,” there will not be a candidating week. Upon completion of background checks, references-vetting and hiring negotiations, the board and the candidate will execute a ministry agreement. The board will announce the hire of our new Assistant Minister in April. The new minister will arrive in Santa Barbara sometime in August to begin work in the fall.

Rev. Julia, Rev. Lee and the members of the Search Task Force are available to answer your questions and address any concerns you may have about the search process. We look forward to finding an Assistant Minister who will be the best possible fit for our congregation.

In Faith,

Charla Bregante, Ken Ralph, Chris Shorb, Keith Strohmaier, and Jody Thomas

 

Posted Oct. 16,2014

View the results of our 2014 Congregational Survey.

We are looking for a minister who can form a dynamic partnership with our Lead Minister and with the congregation. This is a position for a compassionate, collaborative leader and effective program organizer who can inspire staff and laity alike in service to the mission of the congregation:

The Assistant Minister for Congregational Life and Learning will work closely with the Lead Minister on many aspects of ministry but will focus on three main areas: Lifespan Religious Education, Small Groups, and Membership and Community Life. We are looking for someone who has a vision and passion for lifelong learning and will integrate religious education into the larger life of the congregation, supervising our full time Religious Educator and our part time Youth Coordinator. We are interested in a minister who understands the power and importance of small groups within a large congregation, who will nurture and train lay leaders in this area and encourage the continued growth of our Connection Circles, affinity groups and spiritual practice groups. This minister will also supervise our part-time Membership Coordinator and our vibrant Membership Ministry.

The Assistant Minister will actively collaborate with the Lead Minister in the areas of Pastoral Care and Social Justice and will have a visible role in the worship life of the congregation, collaborating with our Lead Minister and Worship Associates in the weekly planning of worship activities and leading worship regularly. The Assistant Minister will also provide continuity in leadership when the Lead Minister is away.

News and Reports from Your USSB Assistant Minister Search Task Force:

Charla Bregante, Ken Ralph, Chris Shorb, Keith Strohmeyer, Jody Thomas, & Rev. Julia Hamilton

 

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