February 2019: Board establishes Transition Advisory
January 2020: Board appoints 5-person Interim Search
February-May 2020: Interim Search
March 31, 2020: Roger Fritts Retires
August 2020: Interim Minister begins
March 2021: Congregation Canvas to form new 7-member
Settled Minister Search Committee
June 2021-April 2022: Settled Minister Search (includes
May 2022: Special Congregation Meeting to call new Settled
August 2022: Interim Minister celebration
August 2022: Settled Minister begins
Celebration for Roger Fritts- Postponed for Now
New Date To Be Announced
Guiding our path between yesterday and tomorrow
The interim ministry provides a time for our congregation to review its goals, assess its programs and prepare for our future with a new settled minister.
Board-appointed committee search committee for our Interim Minister.:
Rick Sandler. Karen Bush, Jeanie Craig, Robert Kester and Ava Whaley
Q: Why do we need a two-year interim?
A: We are not the church we were when Roger joined us in 2011. First, we have grown substantially which affects staff, volunteers, space (including our second location), technology support, etc. An Interim Minister will give us an experienced assessment of where we are today, where we are going and what we can do to continue to be successful. Second, the UUA reports that congregations that engage an Interim Minister for a 2-year period have a 90% success rate with their new Settled Minister. Congregations with a 1-year Interim report a 56% success rate. Third, a prospective Settled Minister knows that a congregation that has invested two years in interim ministry and self-assessment is better prepared for a new minister. That makes our church a more attractive place to work.
Q. Will Rev. Miller and Rev. Friend-Jones increase their hours before the Interim minister arrives?
A: Yes. After Roger retires, Beth Miller's hours will increase from half-time to three-quarter time. Budd Friend-Jones' hours will increase from quarter-time to half-time..
Q. Which minister will be in charge?
A: After Roger retires, Beth will serve as the minister in charge. Budd will continue as Associate Minister. When the Interim Minister starts, the Interim Minister will be the minister in charge. Beth and Budd will resume their original roles as Associate Ministers and report to the Interim Minister.