Looking for a Minister
Red River UU is the most northern Unitarian Universalist Church in North Central Texas and the only church on the Texas – Oklahoma border. The nearest UU church to us is in Plano, 55 miles south. To the north, the closest UU church is in Norman, Oklahoma, 145 miles from Denison.
This area of Texas and Oklahoma is very conservative and we are one of only a few liberal churches in the area, especially a church that strongly supports the LGBTQ+ community. We are a sanctuary for our LGBTQ+ community and liberal-thinking people.
In 2021 the congregation decided to start the process to find a 2-year contract minister. We decided that a minister would help us raise our visibility in our community. A Minister Search Team was formed, and their first duty was to find the funds to afford the minister. In addition, the team began to collect the information needed and recommended by UUA.org.
We have now acquired the funds necessary to cover most of the 2 year contract minister. The remainder of the funding will be covered from savings and from future donations.
We have also entered our church information into the UUA Minister Search Portal. This officially allows us to begin the process of a minister search through the UUA following their guidelines. We will also look into minister candidates that are not in the UUA profile. If we become interested in any of these other candidates, we will need to submit them to UUA for vetting before we can officially pursue them.
To date we have raised over $70,000 through restricted donations, diverting approved funds from savings, and projected budget savings. We have also been approved for a grant of $90,000 from NTUUC, to be spread over two years.
We still need to raise an additional $30,000 to completely fund the minister compensation package for 2 years.
Once we find candidates of interest we will begin the official interview process with the congregation to find the minister that is a great fit for Red River UU.
If you wish to donate to our minister compensation fund, click HERE.
If you are interested in applying or know someone that is interested please send your contact information to us I we will get back to you.