Our Next Assistant Minister
When I arrived here in August 2010, I noticed that ours was a “fair compensation congregation,” a term the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) uses to indicate congregations who pay according to the scale they set.
We’ve been paying the assistant minister at the lowest rate in the ‘fair compensation’ guide the UUA puts out. It has become clear that the job is probably too complex for recently graduated seminarians, and it’s too much work to pay at the bottom rate.
“Nobody will move to Texas for $40,000.” That’s from a conversation I had with a UUA staff person. I mentioned I thought we needed someone with at least 3 years’ experience in the parish ministry, with a strong preference for a minister who identifies as female (we already have 3 cis-gendered, white, male ministers).
“So, what about the middle of the scale,” I asked. “Something like $65,000 plus benefits?” The reply was, “You should get a decent sized pool of qualified ministers to apply with that.”
To get the assistant minister compensation up to that level, the Museum District needs another $40,000 per year, every year. But guess what? I met recently with a group of larger donors who have agreed to put up some funds to help pay for this.
The way this can work is that we’re asking Museum District folks to consider a 10% pledge increase.
We’re asking you to consider a 10% pledge increase because this is what it will take to get an experienced UU minister to move to Texas and help lead our church.
For some of you, making a 5% increase may feel like a lot. For many of you, an increase of your current pledge by 10% will not be a problem at all. You might consider a 15% increase because that will help cover for the folks who aren’t as fortunate as you are.
And your increase will be matched this year. If you already pledge $200 per month, and you increase by $20 per month, that will be matched by another $20 per month for this coming year.
This is how we make our dreams come true.
We stop, take a breath. Look at the Big Picture. Figure out how we can make a Big Difference– by working together.
All this can be a little scary, a little exhilarating. What gives me confidence and hope– is how generous people like you have been and are now.
Thank you so much for being on this journey!