UUFWC Ministerial Search Committee

Search Committee Contact Info

NameE-mailCell phone #
Susan Headyseheady@yahoo.com330-749-4292 (c)
Mady Noblenoblebreiner@embarqmail.com330-465-4080 (c)
Danni Schantzdannischantz@gmail.com330.201.2009 (c)
Ruth Sewellrsewell@aol.com330-347-6360 (c)
Dan Stavnezerstavnezer@gmail.com330-201-0157 (c)
John Waldmanjohnwwal@zoominternet.net 567-303-2864 (c)
Mary Wickswicksfam@sssnet.com330-317-4681 (c)

Search Committee Roles

  • Chair: Danni Schantz
  • Communications: Mary Wicks
  • Treasurer: John Waldman
  • Web Specialist: Dan & Ben Stavnezer
  • Survey: Mary Wicks (assist by Ruth)
  • Cottage Meetings/Focus Groups: Mady Noble and Dan Stavnezer
  • Beyond Categorical Thinking: Mary Wicks
  • Congregational Record: John Waldman (assist by Susan)
  • Documents Packet: Ruth Sewell
  • Interviews: Susan Heady
  • Pre-Candidating Weekends: Dan Stavnezer
  • Neutral Pulpits: Ruth Sewell
  • Hospitality: Mady Noble
  • References: Susan Heady (assist by Mady)
  • Candidating Week: Susan Heady
  • Negotiating Team: John Waldman, Rachel Relle Board Rep, TBA
  • Process Observers: Rotating

Search Process

  • Congregational Survey: Survey that asks members and friends, who are we? What do we need from a new minister? Results of the survey will be shared. There is also a youth (under 12) survey.
  • Cottage Meetings & Focus Groups: Cottage meetings are open and mixed participation. Focus groups will be invited and focus on a particular group or need of congregation (ie. Committees, staff, youth, etc.)
  • Beyond Categorical Thinking: Beyond Categorical Thinking is a national UU program designed to help us sort out our stance on issues such as race, ethnicity, gender, disabilities, sexual orientation, etc.
  • Congregational Record/Documents Packet: The congregational record is our congregation’s resume for the candidates to review. The documents packet provides historical and organizational information.
  • Congregational Materials Released to Minister Candidates via UUA Search Website
  • Minister Candidates Materials Released to Congregations (based on candidate interest): Candidates will prepare a similar resume for us to use to select our pre-candidates.
  • Video Interviews: The committee will select 5-10 candidates for video interviews in January, 2021.
  • Pre-Candidating Weekends: Three candidates will be invited to anonymous pre-candidating weekends in Feb-March 2021, at area congregations. The candidates will also meet with the committee.
  • Candidating Week(s): The committee will select our top candidate to visit the UUFWC in April-May 2021, to interview with the congregation. This process could take as much as two weeks to complete if online.
  • Notice of Call (or not)
  • Interim Minister Transitions: Summer 2021
  • Arrival of New Minister: August 2021

Search Committee Timeline

  • Winter 2019-2020: Review congregational by-laws
  • March: Board approves budget for Search Committee
  • March 8, 2020: Transitions Coach Visit
  • May 31, 2020: Search Committee Selection
  • June 6 & June 14, 2020: Search Committee Retreat with Transitions Coach
  • June 15, 2020: Search initiated and posted on UUA website
  • July: Negotiating Team selected (John Waldman, Rachel Relle, Nate Chandler)
  • Aug 15-Aug 30, 2020: Congregational Survey
  • Sept 13, 2020: Congregational Survey Results Posted
  • Sept 20, 2020: Sunday Service Cottage Meeting
  • October 2, 2020 (7:30-9pm): Beyond Categorical Thinking Workshop Session I
  • October 3, 2020 (9-10:30am): Beyond Categorical Thinking Workshop Session II
  • October 4, 2020 (10am): Beyond Categorical Thinking Sunday Sermon
  • November 15, 2020: Congregational Record Due
  • December 1, 2020: Congregational Record Released to Candidates
  • January, 2021: Names of Minister Candidates Released to Search Committees
  • January 2-15, 2021: Video Interviews
  • Jan 23, 2020 and beyond: Pre-Candidating Offers Made
  • Feb-March, 2021: Pre-Candidating Weekends
  • Late April-Early May, 2021: Candidating Week
  • Soon after Candidating Week: Congregation submits Notice of Call/Contract
  • Announcement to Congregation
  • May-July, 2021: Ending the interim ministry well
  • August 1, 2021: Arrival of new minister