Developmental ministry is considered a transitional ministry. Transitional ministry is most commonly understood to be interim ministry, which is generally a 1-2 year period with an intentional interim minister whose role is to help the congregation shift from focus on the departed minister to readying the community for a new settled minister. A developmental ministry focuses on a specific set of goals set by the congregation and generally lasts 3-7 years.
From the UUA’s Transitions Handbook, “…transitional ministry covers the time when a congregation is under intentional transition from one ministry to the next… Some congregations need longer than a typical interim ministry… [when] there are… specific issues to be worked on in an intentional way… This congregation may be ready for a developmental ministry.”
Rev. Lisa Bovee Kemper began her ministry with GUUF in July 2018, and will serve through June 2022. She brings a broad and deep understanding of Unitarian Universalist theology and polity, as well as experience in chaplaincy, systems theory and congregational governance.
Each year, Rev. Lisa has submitted a report on the progress of the developmental ministry to the congregation as well as given a sermon on the “State of the Fellowship” each August. Those reports and sermons are linked below.
Developmental Ministry Report 2018-19
State of the Fellowship Sermon 2019
Developmental Ministry Report 2019-20
State of the Fellowship Sermon 2020
UPDATE on Developmental Ministry (February 16, 2021)
Developmental Ministry Report 2020-21
FINAL Developmental Ministry Report (2021-22)
QUICK REFERENCE – STRATEGIC PLAN AND DEVELOPMENTAL MINISTRY GOALS
Strategic Plan Goals
- Build our beloved community
- Nourish and challenge our minds and spirits by examining current offerings and improving/expanding upon these offerings
- Develop congregation-based social responsibility/social justice ministry
- Foster inclusivity in every aspect of our congregational life
- Strengthen and focus our UU identity
Developmental Ministry Goals
- Within a community of diverse beliefs, finding a commonality that defines us as a UU congregation
- Developing a system of faith, membership, and leadership development that engages new members and long-term congregants
- Creating a coordinated social justice focus that will be impactful for members and for the community and that ties us into existing community entities, as well as into the UUA
- Practicing inclusivity in all aspects of our congregational life
- Examining our current Sunday Service structure, with an eye toward continuous improvement and greater connectivity with the larger UU principles, identities, and programs