Ministerial Opening

About our Church

The Unitarian Church of South Australia, Inc., is a non-profit church affiliated with the worldwide Unitarian and Unitarian-Universalist free church movements. We are independent and entirely self-governed. As a progressive and inclusive faith community, we are covenanted not by doctrine and dogma, but by liberal religious principles distilled from the essential values of all world religions, as well as the arts, sciences, and humanities. These principles are a living document, subject to free individual interpretation, and are not a creed.

The Church operates at two locations: the Meeting House in Norwood, South Australia and a historic chapel and hostel at Shady Grove in the Adelaide Hills. We currently have a membership of 90 adults, plus approximately 20 children. Attendance at Sunday Services is currently around 30 people. We also offer a vibrant children’s Sunday Club program and multiple projects in our Stream of Life Outreach Program, including a Community Garden in Norwood and a Bushcare program at Shady Grove.

About the Position

We are seeking a full time Minister, to be appointed by and accountable to the Church’s Committee of Management. The Congregation has indicated that, ideally, the Minister will be a person who has a warm personality and the ability to make people feel comfortable in her/his/their presence. She/he/they will be respectful and supportive of the various theological viewpoints which are found within our Church. We would like to fill the position by mid 2022.

In particular the congregation has indicated that the Minister should:-

  • Display leadership and high ethical standards
  • Be able to deliver stimulating and thought provoking sermons of intellectual worth
  • Be able to articulate a wide vision for the Church and be creative in stimulating enthusiastic support in others
  • Work co-operatively with the Committee of Management and the various Congregational subcommittees, and
  • Take an interest in all age groups within the Church

Note:  As the Unitarian Church of South Australia is one of only three Unitarian churches and three fellowships in Australia, plus one Church in New Zealand, the successful candidate will be a person who is able to sustain a continuing professional Unitarian witness in relative geographical isolation.

Qualifications and Experience

Ideally, we are seeking a fully accredited Minister on the current Roll of Ministers of the UK General Assembly of Unitarian and Free Christian Churches (GA), the Unitarian Universalist Association of America (UUA), the Canadian Unitarian Association (CUC), or other recognised national Unitarian body.  We therefore ask that a candidate be able to produce a letter from one of the aforementioned bodies attesting to her or his good standing with the respective organisation.

Several years experience as an ordained Minister in a Unitarian church or churches is essential.

We will also consider candidates with qualifications/experience  from other denominations, if they are committed to Unitarian Universalist principles and practices.

We will require a current Police Clearance certificate from the appropriate jurisdiction, and a current Working With Children Check for South Australia.

Essential Personal Attributes

  • Demonstrates a clear capability to discharge the responsibilities of the position as set out in the list of key responsibilities (below)
  • Displays high level communication skills
  • Displays sound organisational skills 

Key Responsibilities

  1. Acts as a spiritual guide to Congregational members and others, by appropriate means, including conducting religious services as and when required
  2. Responds sensitively to the pastoral needs of all Church members, particularly, in conjunction with the Pastoral Care Support Group, the sick, elderly and distressed.
  3. Provides leadership for appropriate educational programs and lifespan education for Church members and their children.
  4. Supports the promotion of growth in the membership of the Church
  5. Works closely with the Administrative Secretary during the church office hours
  6. Is available to church members for consultation and assistance at reasonable times
  7. Conducts marriage, naming and blessing, and funeral services as required.
  8. Supports and participates as appropriate in activities of the various Church groups.
  9. In consultation with the President and Committee of Management represents the purposes and principles of Unitarianism, as evidenced by the Congregation, to the media, the wider community and outside organisations 
  10. Maintains communication with other Unitarian fellowships and churches, both within and outside Australia.
  11. Reports regularly to the Committee of Management and liaises closely with the President and officers of the Church.

Remuneration

  • Annual Salary of $AU 85,000 including mandatory superannuation
  • Travel allowance negotiable

Enquiries

To express interest, please contact the Administrative Secretary at: admin@unitariansa.org.au