For a variety of reasons, some Ministries find themselves in a position where they are without an onsite Minister. A Minister of Record provides the spiritual support and administrative guidance that a Unity Minister can provide. Ministers of Record also ensure a foundational alignment with the Unity Worldwide Ministries (UWM) requirement that “a Unity Ministry has as its leadership a licensed and ordained Unity Minister or a Leader serving under special dispensation from UWM.” All ministers of record have at least 5 years of experience and are in good standing with UWM.
- Building the ministry on the foundational Unity teachings
- Creating an awareness of the services and resources available through UWM
- Helping navigate the business of ministry – this includes attendance at board meetings
- Holding accountability and alignment with UWM’s policies and services
Information For Ministries
We are in a period of significant cultural change, and this change is impacting our ministries. Some are experiencing decline in both attendance and finances which makes employment of a Unity Minister challenging. Sustainability and viability are concerns for some of these ministries, and a Minister of Record could be an alternative in helping the ministry build greater organizational health and in considering new possibilities.
Some specific indications that a Minister of Record might be a good choice are:
• Hiring a part-time Unity Minister could create financial hardship for the ministry
• Attendance has declined to under 25 people
• The ministry is considering dissolving. A Minister of Record may support the ministry in finding new life, considering becoming a discussion/study group, or embracing Unity principles and practices in new ways, or in moving through the process of dissolution.
Ministries should first contact UWM Member Support to determine if a Minister of Record is a good fit for their situation. If so, next steps include:
• Complete a Ministries Request for an MOR packet and return to Rev Glenda Walden, Evolving Ministries and MOR Coordinator.
• The MOR coordinator will then prepare a list of "best matches" for the ministry to interview.
Information For Ministers
• Minister is an Ordained Unity Minister in good standing with UWM
• Minister has 5 years field experience
• Have a current background screening on file with UWM
• Have a current signed Code of Ethics and Sexual Conduct Policy
• If Minister has been out of active ministry for 3 years, they must go through an Employment Assessment process; if they were ordained before 2000, this process would include a psychological assessment
• Potential Ministers of Record complete an application and send their resumes to UWM Ministry Development and go through a peer review interview with the MOR Team.
• Potential Ministers of Record go through UWM’s standard pre-employment process to confirm that all pre-employment checks are up to date, such as Code of Ethics, Sexual Conduct Policy, Continuing Education Credits (CEU’s), and are in good standing.
• Specific UWM contact information will be noted in each MOR posting.
• UWM is recommending that a Minister of Record serve no more than two (2) ministries at a time in order to fully be present to the needs of each ministry.