Settled Minister Search
The 1st Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Palm Beaches is seeking a settled minister to enthuse and energize our congregation. The following qualities and skill sets represent our ideal ministerial candidate:
- An accomplished communicator. As the primary voice for our congregation in the community, our ideal candidate must be confident, inspirational, and thought provoking while public speaking.
- Someone who can help to enhance and develop a strong Religious Education (RE) program for adults, teenagers and children.
- Someone who can strengthen and guide the pastoral care program that is critical in our congregation.
- We seek someone who has a vision for ethical social action. They must be able to engage the congregation in that vision and support the Justice Action Ministry committee and the work it does.
- A leader that strengthens our Sunday service. To support that effort, our minister will act as chief of staff by delegating and managing the employees of the congregation.
- Someone who understands the importance of music in the life of a congregation and its crucial role in Sunday morning services.
- We seek a candidate who inspires members of the congregation to become involved in the life of the church beyond the Sunday service.
A PROFILE OF OUR CONGREGATION:
The First Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Palm Beaches (1stUUPB), maintains a beautiful sanctuary and supporting facilities on Florida’s East Coast. We are proud of our lovely beaches, waterfowl and botanical wonders.
While we are a relatively small congregation, we are very proud that our facility is fully owned by the congregation. We also have a well-deserved reputation for welcoming attendees and new members. We are blessed with a small but active number of seasonal members who spend four (4) to seven (7) months with us. Regardless of our congregation size, services are held year round on Sundays, at 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., with an hour long social hour after services.
Members and friends of 1stUUPB are particularly proud of our involvement in our local, nationally recognized Justice Action Ministry group (JAM), which seeks to support racial equality and justice action education through various activities and projects. Additionally, we have many wonderful programs that seek to educate and expand the principles of Unitarian Universalism. We have an active Small Group Ministry program, a weekly News Talk Group and a monthly book group. Members and friends participate in a weekly Teaching Thursday program that offers educational topics such as environmental/climate change, food sufficiency and local political issues. We have a grants and scholarship program that raises money through fund drives and monthly contributions from the Sunday morning offering.
Our congregation comes from many religious backgrounds including Agnostics, Atheists, Buddhists, Christians, Jews, Hindus, Humanists, Muslims, Naturalists and Pagans
Our current congregation demographics are:
- 193 total members & friends
- 121 members
- 97 women
- 71 men
- 39 singles
- 94 married
1stUUPB is guided by an elected Board of nine (9) officials and numerous congregational and committee chairs. A significant responsibility of these groups is the support and growth of our current ministry. Funding for 1stUUPB is achieved by endowment, facility rentals and contributions from membership. The Board recognizes the need to financially support growth efforts and will strive to provide adequate resources accordingly.
We look forward to working with the new minister in building and growing our congregation. Our membership committee has done a great job of finding younger members to replace our aging congregation. These efforts will continue going forward.