GNUUC 2014 Ministerial Search Congregational Record

The Congregational Record is a set of 48 questions to which each congregation in search for a minister must respond. These questions cover operational items like our membership numbers, attendance, etc., as well as wish-list items like what qualities we most value in a minister. Questions are designed to give ministers in search an idea of what kind of congregation we are and how well they might fit in with us.

The information we collected from you through surveys, community meetings, and one-on-one interactions is condensed into the answers we provided. Our goal is and has been to present our congregation so that it is as attractive as possible to all potential candidates who would be happy here and with whom we would be happy. The CR is the document candidates will examine to get their first look at us. Because the questions are the same for every congregation in search, the CR provides a basis for comparison.

Special thanks to the GNUUC Board, especially Margaret Wright, Doug Luckes, Larry Romans, and Jesse Spencer-Smith, as well as Chris Gemignani, Finance Committee Chair, who spent many hours helping us gather the data needed to complete the financials and membership data portions of the CR.

Kristin Reveal was invaluable for the Religious Education data.

The Greater Nashville Unitarian Universalist Congregational Record:

1) Ministry title:  Full-time Minister 

2) Starting date: August 2015

3) Congregation Size: 92 adults

 4) Congregation Wage Rate Area: 2 (letter code A)

5) Salary plus Housing: $ See below

If there is a range in the S&H, describe the objective, measurable criteria you will use in categorizing a potential candidate.

High $ – 54,300

Mid $ –

Low $ – 43,500

Higher compensation will be based on greater experience and education.

6) Is the minister expected to occupy a parsonage? No, there is no parsonage. 

7) How much of the S&H is attributable to rental value? $ N/A To utilities? $ N/A

8) Number of adult members:  92  Average Sunday attendance: 54

9) Children & youth enrollment: 24   Average children & youth attendance: 18

10) Total operating expenditures: $ 106,922.00

11) Total operating pledge income: $ $109,820.00  Number of pledge units: 51

12) How many Sunday services?  1  Others during the week? Not regularly

13) How many months per year is the church at full operating capacity? 12

14) Describe the character of the surrounding community:

GNUUC is a diverse, vital, welcoming, and growing UU congregation located in a lovely residential section of Nashville, TN, called Bellevue. Nashville is the newly acclaimed “IT” city (New York Times, January 2013) with a population of  close to 700,000 and wider city/county population of approximately 1,200,000.

Nashville is a cosmopolitan and diverse city with a large international population, and is known as the “Athens of the South” based partly on the replica of the Parthenon but also because of its large number of educational institutions including Vanderbilt University, Belmont University, Lipscomb University, Fisk University, Tennessee State University, and Meharry Medical College.

 It is a beautiful rolling green city with parks, hiking trails, a wildlife preserve, great restaurants, and a full range of music: country/bluegrass, rock, jazz, symphony, ballet, opera and hundreds of live music venues throughout the city.  It continues to thrive economically because of the wide range of businesses and organizations – e.g., music, publishing, healthcare, and technology firms.  Nashville has rich religious diversity with all world faiths represented and strong interfaith relationships. GNUUC has a strong relationship with the Vanderbilt Divinity School.

 The Bellevue community will debut a beautiful state-of-the-art library in 2015, and a new high school is under consideration, both indicating the vitality of the area.

 15) UUA District: Southeast District and Southern Region

District Executive:  Denise M. Rimes, District President

16) UUA Annual Program Fund Contribution: $ 8,922.00   Fair Share?     yes

17) Ministerial Settlement Rep.:  Ann Marie Alderman

 18) Compensation Consultant: Bonnie Norton

19) Provide your profile of the minister you seek (500 words recommended):

The minister we seek will guide us to become the congregation we have never before been. Our Sunday services begin with a call to “open all the windows of our beings.” To walk with us, our new minister will be spiritually attuned, well-educated in theology and church growth, an excellent pastoral care provider, and a dynamic speaker.   The minister’s strengths we most value are empathy (has a genuine interest in and concern about others), open-mindedness (is receptive to other ideas), and professional competence (has the ability to communicate, counsel, empower.) 

The minister will be skilled at both envisioning the big picture and engaging at the individual level. He/she needs to be consistent and interested in empowering the congregation to lay its own groundwork for growth and to cultivate a more cohesive sense of identity and stability amidst ever-present changes. One of those changes is our move from a small congregation to a medium-sized congregation.  Our Board of Directors has been working for more than a year to move the congregation toward policy governance. Our model is Dan Hotchkiss’s book Governance and Ministry.  The minister will continue to implement the transition and serve as the head of staff and programs. The minister must know how to expand our core group of leadership by empowering more members to become lay leaders.  No doubt some members will resist changes in leadership and governance, and the minister should be capable of listening to and motivating these members.  He/she will have the skills to recognize our needs, name them, and lead the congregation toward problem-solving.

The minister will respect our fierce independence. We see ourselves as kindred spirits who come together in a safe place, where thinking differently makes us strong.  We are deciding what we want our congregation to be, and we seek a minister who can actually help us find that vision and move us toward it.  The minister will reflect with us on our current mission statement as we consider revisions to it.  The minister will embrace the diversity of our members’ expectations and needs with respect to religious belief and intellectual stimulation.  It is important that the minister respect the views of theists, non-theists, and other faith and secular traditions. The minister can feel free to express his/her personal views on theological issues. In return, members strongly agree to support the minister even if he/she has a different theological view from their own.

The minister will be committed to Children’s Religious Education, which is ably directed by a volunteer. The minister will help map out what’s next for our Children’s RE program.  We have an active Social Action Committee and the minister should complement its efforts. Through his/her personality and presence, the minister will partner with our social justice leaders and help to create a unified voice in Nashville with other middle Tennessee Unitarian Universalist churches. 

The minister will be comfortable using technology and bring ideas for its use.

We are a congregation for whom building community and feeling a sense of belonging are top motivators for being a member. The minister will embrace the diversity of thought and belief among members. 

20) Provide your profile of your congregation (500 words recommended):

The debt-free congregation holds services in a 60-year old (6,000 sq. ft.) building, with a second building attached by a breezeway  for RE classes and rentals. With ample parking on six acres of land, one-third of which are a wooded natural area and the Still Spring Memorial Garden, a repository for the cremains of deceased members and friends, the congregation has room to grow as well as revel in our beautiful outdoor spaces.

GNUUC’s membership, about half of whom regularly attend Sunday services, is composed mainly of older members, about two-thirds women. Half of the congregation is 60 or older. Only 7% are under age 40. Close to a third of the congregation live with disabilities, whether or not apparent.

Congregants are well-educated, with half holding postgraduate degrees. The congregation is predominantly white, with about 10% African-American or other minorities. A Welcoming Congregation, GNUUC has under 10% of members identifying with a sexual orientation other than heterosexual or straight.

The congregation feels it does not matter whether GNUUC’s minister is a theist or non-theist so long as she/he remains true to the congregation’s mission and principles, and 86% indicate they will support a new minister “even if she/he has a different theological view from mine.”

21) What role do the congregation and its leaders expect the minister to play in relation to the other paid staff?

The minister will oversee paid staff, as modeled in Fulfilling The Call.  Currently, this includes the following:

  • Administrative Assistant (part-time)
  • Music Director (part-time)
  • Custodian (part-time)

22) Congregational history:

How and when was the congregation founded?

Greater Nashville Unitarian-Universalist Congregation (GNUUC) was founded in July 1994 with 52 charter members in a separation from First Unitarian Universalist Church of Nashville (FUUN). The initial impetus for the separation came when unidentified members of FUUN made charges of inappropriate conduct against the minister, and those charges led to bitter divisions within the church and to the resignation of the minister.

A group who felt the minister had not been given a fair hearing began meeting at FUUN as “the Phoenix Group.” Seeking a peaceful separation from FUUN, 58 members of this group signed a letter to the Board of Directors of FUUN dated July 3, 1994, stating their intention to form a new UU church in Nashville and asking FUUN to serve as the Covenant Church.

In the last half of 1994, GNUUC was granted a charter by the UUA. In December 1994, after a vote by both congregations, FUUN became GNUUC’s covenanting church (our sponsor) and provided some financial support during each of our first three years as a congregation.

23) Note the three or four most important events in the congregation’s history:

1) First service on July 10, 1994, at Brookmeade Congregational Church followed by receipt of our charter from the Unitarian-Universalist Association later in 1994.

2) Purchase of the building and grounds at 374 Hicks Road in Bellevue, Davidson County, TN, where we began meeting in our own building in January 1999.

3) Call of Rev. Dr. Dan Rosemergy to be our half-time minister 2003-2012, during which time we finished paying off the mortgage on our church property.

4) Current process of selecting a settled, full-time minister, following UUA guidelines, including selecting Rachel Lonberg in August 2013 to serve as our interim minister and subsequently ordaining her. 

24) List, most recent first, all clergy who have served since 1950 and earlier ministers of great importance, and interim ministers since 1980 (minister name, date arrived, date departed, reason for departure): 

Rev. Rachel Lonberg–8/2013-current–interim–contract ends 7/2015

Rev. Dr. Dan Rosemergy–9/2003-12/2012–half-time–retired

Rev. Jim Macomber–7/2001-3/2002–quarter-time–full time elsewhere

Rev. Jeanne Mills–7/1998-6/1999–interim–contract end

Rev. Tom Rhodes–8/1996-5/1998–extension–left for another position

Rev. Gary White –12/1995-7/1996–quarter- and half-time–completed MDiv** 

**Never expected to be full-time minister

GNUUC was without a minister during times not listed.

25) Current clergy and staff (include all paid staff):

Position: Date of hire/call: F/T or hrs. per week: Covered by health plan? Covered by retirement plan? Annualized Compensation (S&H for clergy) Supervised by/ reports to: Is staff member a church member?
Minister 8/5/2013 F/T yes yes $41,570 Board no
Administrative Assistant 9/4/2014 16/wk no no $12,400 Minister no
Custodian 1999 5/wk no no $5,720 Minister no
Music Director July 1994 10/wk no no $3,900 Minister yes
Nursery Staff February 2014 4/wk no no $2,340 RE Director yes

Current congregational life

26) Does the congregation have a mission — not a mission statement, but a glowing coal at its center — and if so, what is it? 

GNUUC does not have a single “glowing coal.” Instead, we might be said to have several “glowing coals.”

We have a steadfast Social Action committee that is dedicated to improvement in the lives of those who live in our community and world. We have an impressive group whose primary interest is in educating the children and youth of the congregation.

The Caring Committee looks after members of the congregation and sponsors a yearly workshop on caring topics.

We have individuals avidly interested in religions other than Christianity who lobby regularly for Sunday speakers from other faith communities. 

We have a Credo Group that meets prior to the service each Sunday and discusses matters of social and political interest as they affect personal values.

Since 2010 we have had an annual weekend retreat at which our members come to know each other better in a setting outside the church.

27) Congregational strengths:

Five things stand out as GNUUC strengths:

1) This is a group of people who care about each other and this place. We are small enough to know everyone and large enough to provide welcome to people of different beliefs and backgrounds.

With this sense of closeness comes comfort and acceptance. As in any community of this size, there are some with whom you feel a special connection and others you accept with all their quirks.  This community includes persons of differing views and life experiences and across ages and degrees of health.

2) A volunteer legacy: With a small staff, members lead across all areas of congregational life. If someone has an idea and the energy to make it happen, it will happen. The commitment and hard work that people offer is inspiring.

The RE program, Social Justice opportunities, Caring Committee, Weekly lunches, and Worship, are all areas spearheaded by volunteers.

We welcome guidance and insight from our Minister, but are comfortable being leaders.

3) Making time for each other: One example is that every Sunday we share lunch after the Sunday service. It is a time to visit, connect, discuss the service, make plans for upcoming congregational activities, and just enjoy time together. It takes volunteers and commitment, and it is fantastic.

4) We are financially strong: Thanks to a memorial gift from a member, our buildings and grounds are mortgage-free. Thanks to the strong commitment from our members, our budget is balanced and growing. This gives us options and spirit as we choose our path forward.

5) Our guest-speaker tradition: Due to a history of part-time ministers, we’ve developed a set of rich relationships with fantastic speakers from Vanderbilt University and beyond who step into our pulpit a couple Sundays each month. With the GNUUC variety of theological beliefs, these speakers add to the spiritual and intellectual stimulation we look for from our minister.

Some recent speakers and their topics have been:

Rabbi Rami Shapiro: “Searching for Your Missing Piece: the Wisdom of Shel Silverstein”

Professor Amy-Jill Levine: “Fasting as Religious Exercise and Public Protest”

Dr. Tobi Fishel: “Indigenous Wisdom ”

Music City Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence: “Giving Thanks”

28) Congregational challenges:

 The congregation faces three major challenges:  sustaining an appropriate annual budget, adapting to policy governance, and measuring success.

Our annual budget is funded through our pledge drive and fundraisers. How do we fulfill our long-term dedication to a sustainable budget?  How do we add staff, such as a Director of Religious Education and Administrative Assistant, and expand programs?

As we make the shift to policy governance, all of us will have to be very mindful of communicating well and being respectful of each other.  Can the board of directors, minister, lay leaders, and members effectively share responsibility for addressing the needs of the congregation?

Measures of success will include membership and by-laws. Are new members joining the congregation and are current members staying?  Are the 2014 changes to the by-laws creating an intentional and proactive approach to congregational life?

29) What congregational issues are likely to be most pressing within the next couple of years? 

GNUUC has a high level of theological diversity. It is a congenial group that affirms diverse beliefs, and it views thinking differently as part of its strength and opportunity to learn from others. That is not to say that hot button issues and disputes cannot occasionally lead to hurt feelings. For example, there is a feeling among some secularists that the congregation is swinging too far toward mysticism, where others feel an even greater need for a more spiritual experience.

Most members are drawn to GNUUC, and particularly its Sunday service, out of a sense of social interaction and sharing others’ concerns and values. There is an overlapping, but with some gap between those who consider spiritual fulfillment the primary objective of a religious experience and those who see intellectual stimulation and social motivation as more fundamental to GNUUC’s mission. The new minister will have an opportunity to lead refinement and blending of GNUUC’s quest. 

Members generally feel a need to attract younger members, particularly families. Only one-fifth of GNUUC’s membership is between the ages of 30 and 50. Whether the congregation should grow appreciably or remain a relatively small and cohesive unit is an unsettled issue. With growth, small group meeting facilities will need to be expanded or more efficiently utilized.

Relations between First UU and GNUUC have steadily improved over the years. GNUUC’s new minister will have an opportunity to build on these closer ties and develop a collegial relationship with the First UU ministers.

30) What congregational issues are likely to be most pressing over the next ten years?

* Continued development of a shared faith within a very diverse religious community 

* Sustained growth of the congregation, including program expansion

* Ancillary space development to support religious education and other programs, potentially    including a new building and playground

* Maintenance of an older property, including parking area maintenance and repair

* Improvement of accessibility features within and around current buildings 

* Addition of a paid Director of Religious Education 

* Addition of a full-time Administrative Assistant 

31) What congregational issues may never be resolved? 

The above questions address the issues we foresee.

With GNUUC as it is today, there may not be any “unresolvable” issues. We may decide some issues are not pressing or can wait to be worked on, but nothing is off-limits for helping us grow and learn.

32) To what degree does the congregation possess a dominant theology?

 GNUUC does not possess a dominant theology. Our survey provided fascinating insights into the varied beliefs of our members:

 Many, including nontheists, come from a Christian background. Only one in ten considers UUism a Christian religion, with slightly more considering themselves Christian. Twenty-eight percent believe in a god or supreme being, 40% do not; and 31% are unsure. Sixty-two percent do not pray regularly. Twenty-three percent select the atheist label; 28% say they are agnostic; there are a few members of polytheistic and Buddhist traditions. Twenty-one percent believe in an afterlife; 50% do not.

33) Describe the role of music and the arts in the life of the congregation: 

Our mission statement speaks of “an emphasis on lifelong learning and on works of the imagination, especially music, poetry, and the visual arts as sources of spiritual vitality.” Many members are either professionally or personally devoted to music and the arts. We have permanent works of art, such as our “Satori” painting, created by or donated by members of our congregation. We have a world-class piano purchased through a special fund-raising campaign. We sponsor regular art shows in our hallway. Our services always include music and occasionally a service will be devoted to music. Our children’s RE program actively involves the arts, including drama.

Nevertheless, the congregation has felt a lack of emphasis on music and the arts in the last few years as compared to earlier years. Suggestion has been made that we revise our mission statement, and we expect to visit that idea with a settled minister. However, the essential love of the congregation for music, in particular, remains strong and a renewed program emphasis may be something our new minister may help us with.

34) Describe the religious education programs for children, youth and adults:

The adult RE program has been determined by the pastor and other lay leaders,  based on the need of the congregation at any given time. Recent programs have been initiated and presented by the interim minister, some with much active participation, others with marginal participation.  Programs which have been offered in recent years have been: Building Your Own Theology, A Course in Miracles,  Healing Our Religious Wounds, Everything You Wanted to Know About Unitarian Universalism But Were Afraid To Ask, and Building the World We Dream About. 

The children’s RE program expands and contracts with the needs of the congregation. Currently we have classes for preschoolers and kindergartners, a class for first through seventh grade, and a youth program for eighth through twelfth graders that encompasses a youth group and Coming of Age. As many of our new members have brought children into the congregation, and volunteered to help with RE, this has been a great way for them to get to know other members.

We strive to send every middle school student to Mountain Camp at The Mountain at least once and to send every high school student to GA at least once. We have annual lock-ins for elementary, middle, and high school youth.

FUUN, the larger UU Church in Nashville, has extended an invitation for our children and youth to partake in their various OWL offerings to ensure adequate size and gender balance for these programs. This has been another wonderful opportunity to connect the congregations.

Lay leadership

35) In practice, are responsibilities for governance widely shared or confined among relatively few members? Give some examples:

GNUUC is currently undergoing a top to bottom review of its governance practices. The prior board began examining governance issues in anticipation of the arrival of our interim minister by reading Governance and Ministry: Rethinking Board Leadership by Dan Hotchkiss discussing the concepts and how they might assist our congregation at board meetings and retreats.

The board continues to be active in discussing the issues with members of the congregation and the interim minister. Further, the board is currently working on revising the congregational by-laws in order to implement new governance methods with the goal of improving governance and involving a greater percentage of members.

At this time,  governance of the congregation actively involves nine board members and approximately ten additional members who are extremely active in governance and committee work.

36) Describe the process you used to complete this form:

Using the information we gathered from our survey, community meetings, individual interviews, and private conversations, the Ministerial Search Committee developed some core insights into our community.

For the Congregational Record, individual MSC members volunteered to write a rough draft for the questions they were intrigued by or felt comfortable addressing. After these initial answers were crafted, the committee edited and hashed out our final responses together and came to agreement through consensus. 

Committees 

37) Name the committees that have recently had the greatest success:

Functional committees (those having members and regular meetings) include Caring, Social Action, Finance, Children’s RE, Worship, and the Ministerial Search Committee (MSC).

All of these committees have had recent success.

In the revision of by-laws just proposed by our board, only the Finance committee is specifically named; all others will be established through guidelines set up in a policy manual that is still being developed.

38) Name the committees that have recently had the least success:

Some committees defined in the by-laws currently being revised are non-functional; they are denominational affairs, adult RE, music, and personnel.

Other committees function through a single person; these include membership, fellowship, building and grounds, communications, nominating, and long-range planning.

As a small congregation, we have managed to get things done because people jump in and fix problems as they occur. However, solutions are not always timely or efficient. This dilemma will be addressed via a policy manual currently being developed by the Board of Directors.

39) List the dollar amounts of the ten largest operating pledges received in the most recently completed fiscal year:

  1. $9,000
  2. $8,580
  3. $7,975
  4. $7,800
  5. $6,296
  6. $5,400
  7. $4,800
  8. $4,800
  9. $4,100
  10. $3,850

40) Give the dates of the last two capital fund drives, and the funds raised (a) by contribution and (b) by debt:

 A capital fund drive was held to purchase the current property and buildings, beginning in 1998. The congregation raised over $250,000 in a two-year span for the initial payments on the property. A loan was acquired from a bank to provide the remainder of the $600,000 cost, and the memorial gift from a member allowed the rest of the loan to be retired in 2013.

41) What is the condition of the church buildings, and what funds may need to be raised in the future? (note accessibility issues)

The two buildings and surrounding property are in good condition. The HVAC system in the main building and roofs on both buildings were replaced in 2013. The parking lot has had recent maintenance, and requires additional work.The main building is relatively accessible (the only stairs are up to the pulpit), but would benefit from auto-assist doors.

The secondary building is very near capacity serving religious education, child care, and other programs and is accessibly-challenged.

The greater property is primarily wooded and left in its natural state, although the memorial garden and walk require continued work efforts. The sanctuary has not yet reached capacity, and has significant room to grow in the current space. Enough room exists on the property to replace the secondary building, which would require a capital campaign.

Ministry

42) Describe the process by which the minister will be called:

We are committed to following the UUA best practices in calling our minister.  We are working closely with our UUA liaison, Ann Marie Alderman.  She has met with the search committee and the congregation several times, in person and by Skype. Further, the committee facilitated a Beyond Categorical Thinking Workshop with the UUA.  We will continue working with Ann Marie and following the UUA guidelines in order to find the best minister for our congregation.

43) Describe the process by which the Ministerial Search Committee (or its equivalent) was chosen:

The board held several meetings with the congregation explaining what the search process would entail and the amount of commitment each member of the committee would need to have as well as the substantial commitment of time each member would need to devote to the search.

 Next, the board asked every member of the congregation  to list the 7 members they most trusted with the task.  The board tabulated those lists and, with some minor adjustments to round out the list for diversity purposes, presented the congregation with a list of 15 nominees.  From that list, the members voted for 7 persons.  The board again tabulated and made minor adjustments for diversity reasons and selected the seven-member committee.

44) Ministerial skills and enthusiasms most needed by the congregation:

4-Crucial  3-Significant  2-Modest  1-Of less consequence

Intellectually and Spiritually Stimulating Sunday Service-4

Pastoral Care and Presence-4

Membership Growth-4

Preaching-4

Worship-4

Community Building-4

Leadership Devel-3

Children’s RE-3

Personal Counseling-3

Admin.-3

Adult RE-2

Hospital Visitation-2

Musical and Litur.-3

Spiritual Guidance-2

Committee work–1

Denominational activities–1

Facilitation–1

Stewardship–1

Home visitation–1

Scholarship–1

Social action–1

Staff relations–1

Youth work–1

(Note to the GNUUC community on the list above. This list was a pre-set list of words that we had to order. We didn’t entirely care for the list, but we did our best to complete this in the way that encompasses those things that matter most to the most of us. All of these items are important, but we had to select only a certain number of each item.) 

45) Assess the capacity of the congregation to exercise forbearance and nurture in assisting a minister’s development:

We believe that the congregation truly wishes to nurture and exercise forbearance  in assisting in our minister’s development. We may, however, not be the best at knowing when that needs to happen.  For example, our interim minister went through a period early in her tenure where she felt that she was being pulled in too many directions and was working many hours over what was agreed. When she called this to the attention of the board and leadership, support was immediately offered, and the items were removed from her list of tasks to be accomplished.  We learned that we have to be more observant of what is happening so that we know when support is needed but, since there are so many diverse committees and tasks involved in running any congregation, we need to encourage our new minister to let us know when support is needed.

The MSC or a transition committee will be ready to help connect the new minister with support groups outside our congregation, both spiritual/ministerial as well as emotional.

46)What expectations, however silent, may there be about the minister’s family and personal life?

Some members of the congregation have expressed a desire to have a minister with children,  whether married or in a relationship with a partner,  in order to attract more families with kids to our congregation.  We addressed this issue in our Beyond Categorical Thinking Workshop and communicated to the congregation that this sort of categorical thinking was not the best way to call a minister who would  be successful in attracting new and younger members, one of the congregation’s goals. 

47) Describe the worst mistake your new minister could make:

The worst mistake a new minister could make would be failing to interact with warmth and openness, while still recognizing the appropriate boundaries of congregational leadership.  GNUUC is made up of a diverse group of persons who often look at issues of spirituality, politics, and life differently from one another.  Respecting all of the diverse views with an open heart so everyone feels welcome is an essential quality for our new minister.

48) Please complete Tables I-III quinquennially since 1975 and annually for the last five years

Table I   Membership, Attendance, and Pledging
Year Ending Data Represents Months Adult Members Average Adult Sunday Attendance Children & Youth Enrollment Average Children & Youth Attendance No. of Pledge Units Total Operating Pledges Operating Pledge per pledge Unit (col 6/col 5)
2014 a twelve-month year 12 92 60 24 18 51 $100863 $1978
2013 a twelve-month year 12 88 60 28 13 53 $109820 $2153
2012 a twelve-month year 12 97 60 27 17 53 $105622 $1993
2011 a twelve-month year 12 98 60 28 14 57 $115277 $2022
2010 a twelve-month year 12 99 58 34 18 60 $104379 $1740
2009 a twelve-month year 12 93 65 30 20 65 $116537 $1793
2008 a twelve-month year 12 86 65 30 18 62 $98366 $1587
2007 a twelve-month year 12 85 65 30 18 57 $102519 $1799
2006 a twelve-month year 12 85 65 27 12 82 $109329 $1333

 

Table II   Sources of Operating Income
Year Ending Total Operating Pledges Other Contributions Fundraising Events Endowment Invesment Income Building Rentals Other Income Total Income (sum of 1…6) Total Endowment
2014 $ 100863 $ 15298 $ 14856 $ 0 $ 4075 $ 6451 $ 141543 $ 0
2013 $ 109820 $ 13740 $ 11302 $ 0 $ 4265 $ 9608 $ 148735 $ 0
2012 $ 105622 $ 8317 $ 10943 $ 0 $ 4189 $ 2881 $ 131952 $ 0
2011 $ 115277 $ 6850 $ 11172 $ 0 $ 906 $ 13662 $ 147867 $ 0
2010 $ 104379 $ 10195 $ 12221 $ 0 $ 528 $ 13755 $ 141078 $ 0
2009 $ 116537 $ 11273 $ 7663 $ 0 $ 919 $ 623 $ 137015 $ 0
2008 $ 98366 $ 5279 $ 11575 $ 0 $ 250 $ 5903 $ 121373 $ 0
2007 $ 102519 $ 11855 $ 14822 $ 0 $ 200 $ 3757 $ 133153 $ 0
2006 $ 109329 $ 13751 $ 15631 $ 0 $ 1489 $ 961 $ 141161 $ 0

 

Table III   Operating Expenses
Year Ending Building & Grounds & Utilities Minister(s) S&H Minister’s Benefits & Professional Expenses Other Staff Compensation Religious Education Social Justice & Service Debt Service Other Current Expenses Total Expenses Total Debt
2014 $ 20792 $ 41570 $ 15273 $ 23142 $ 1030 $ 684 $ 0 $ 42447 $ 144938 $ 0
2013 $ 18058 $ 19230 $ 6496 $ 20268 $ 1038 $ 600 $ 9774 $ 40940 $ 116404 $ 0
2012 $ 20395 $ 25891 $ 7621 $ 20727 $ 1214 $ 600 $ 29321 $ 28149 $ 133918 $ 0
2011 $ 17429 $ 21909 $ 6601 $ 16913 $ 1937 $ 750 $ 29321 $ 51383 $ 146243 $ 0
2010 $ 17020 $ 25891 $ 7141 $ 19568 $ 1250 $ 300 $ 29321 $ 33676 $ 134167 $ 0
2009 $ 19627 $ 23900 $ 6642 $ 17590 $ 1250 $ 100 $ 29321 $ 19776 $ 118206 $ 0
2008 $ 24202 $ 23900 $ 6592 $ 9073 $ 1213 $ 0 $ 28964 $ 29166 $ 123110 $ 0
2007 $ 22847 $ 23900 $ 6692 $ 14360 $ 2300 $ 250 $ 34328 $ 24700 $ 129377 $ 0
2006 $ 23322 $ 23900 $ 6667 $ 14020 $ 1679 $ 760 $ 34328 $ 27660 $ 132336 $ 0

 

Explanation of any anomalies:

We’ve shared the data from 2006 onward. These are the dates for which we have electronic records.

For the member data, we used a combination of the UUA Active Congregation History Report and our records at GNUUC.

For the financials section, we used the fiscal year of July-June. So, for example, the 2014 date is for July 1, 2013-June 31, 2014.

The member data shows a drop in membership from 2012 to 2013. This is a result of purging membership rolls so that the number listed reflects those who are truly active. The congregation continues to grow.

In 2014 we hired our first full-time interim minister.
In 2013 our mortgage was retired due to a memorial gift from a member.
For 2009, the system won’t recognize a negative $623 “Other Income.” The accurate “Total Income” for that year is $135,769.00.

 

Photo By Lisa V. Connor
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