Student Minister Position Now Open

Museum_District-mapStudent Ministry Opportunity!

We have a half time, two year student ministry position starting August 1, 2017  at the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Houston, Texas!

Houston, Texas is the 4th largest city in the United States. It’s a blue city in a red state and one of the most diverse cities in the country. It has every kind of sports team, arts venue, and restaurant you can think of, and it is home to the largest medical center in the world. Have a spouse who needs work? Houston’s job growth is twice that of the nation.

Position: Student Minister

We pay the UUA recommended guidelines for our size campus.

Applications are being accepted now and you may apply directly (cover letter, 1 page resume, 3 references) to doconnell -at- (Daniel O’Connell, senior minister). Your Adventure Begins–  August 1, 2017.

About You–

You are a Unitarian Universalist ministry student in formation with the UUA.

  • You have a heart for pastoral care, a desire to become a good preacher, a social conscience, and an obvious spiritual depth to your life.
  • You’re comfortable working both independently and collaboratively.
  • You love meeting people “where they are” and helping them live out their faith (walk their talk) by nurturing their capacity for kindness and acting for justice.
  • You write and speak well in print and in social media.
  • You are willing to be the “face with the place,” the primary campus minister at one of our campuses in greater Houston.

First UU Houston: Ministry Innovators

We are an active, mid-sized congregation that is breaking new ground in Unitarian Universalism.

  1. We are the first UU church to merge with two others (July 2013), to become One church in Three locations. Our Copperfield campus has about 40 adults; our Museum District campus, about 365; our Thoreau / Stafford campus, about 60 adults.
  2. We developed the UU Creative Team approach to Sunday services and faith formation (for adults, and for children). This is a ground-breaking, collaborative approach to ministry.
  3. We launched (Fall of 2014) the Unitarian Universalist Voice for Justice (involving all the UU’s in the Houston Metroplex).

The Staff Team of Mutual Success

Rev. Dr. Daniel O’Connell, senior minister (and life long UU), will be your supervisor. This means there is an expectation of commitment to each other’s success: Yes, I am committed to you being successful!

Rev. Angela Henderson is assistant minister at the Museum District campus.

Rev. Bonnie Vegiard is the part time campus minister at our Thoreau / Stafford campus.

Ralph Krog, is a ministry student, and  part time campus minister for the Copperfield campus in August.

Carol Burrus, our Religious Educator, is an integral part of both the Creative Team and the Administrative Team, and takes an entrepreneurial approach to faith formation.

Mark Vogel (the 2017 GA Music Director) is our part time Music Director. He, along with Bob Fazakerly, organist, runs our music program.

Other staff include a full time administrator, part time administrative assistants, sextons, a media technician and nursery workers.

The Adventure

You will be one of our campus ministers– the face with the place. You’ll lead worship on most Sundays and preach “live” about twice a month. Other Sundays, you’ll act as liturgist for another UU minister or for a video sermon. Having this one thing on your resume will make you stand out from your peers in a unique way.

As opportunities arise, you’ll be able to perform rites of passage (child dedications, weddings, memorial services) and other normal functions of parish ministry.

You will work as part of a ministry team with very experienced parish ministers who have worked in all sizes of UU congregations.

Not only that! You have the opportunity to learn–

  • Healthy Communication Training– a proven method for dealing with complaints and constructive criticism that succeeds in a way the outmoded “committee on ministry” does not.
  • Lay Leadership Development Training using the Apprentice Model and using volunteer centered recruiting.
  • Theme based ministry and education using a collaborative team approach.
  • Keys to success in non-profit fundraising, including annual stewardship drive, auctions, capital campaigns, and legacy gift programs.
  • Policy Governance: perils and promises, and what it means to your career.
  • How Multi Site Ministry works in the real world.

You will also preach at each campus during the year. The Creative Team (which meets for 2 hours per week) offers all of its members constructive support to build better sermons and services.

If this is you, let us know– Carpe Diem! Apply by contacting the senior minister: doconnell -at-