Guide to Employment: Steps in Bringing on New Employees/Professionals

These days, it is becoming an ever increasingly complex process for bringing into one’s congregation a paid employee or paid minister. However, don’t despair! Many of these things can be done simply and on line, without having to stand in line!

This guide is designed to help you get to the right place. But please note—this is only a guide. You may not need to do all of these, or your state might have something not listed here. Often it's good to ask a tax professional, or contact your state government to ask what must be done—they often have a guide on their state website.

So let’s get started: it’s really not that hard, if you simply follow the steps!

What is “Fair Compensation?” It’s one way we live our Unitarian-Universalist values within our own congregations by treating our employees as valued members of our communities. Fair compensation is essential to the recruitment and retention of qualified personnel. This is true for any company, corporation, or agency. It is especially true for religious organizations with strong social justice commitments.

The Fair Compensation Consultants are available to help you reach the goal of achieving fair compensation for ministers and all other religious professionals and staff.  We can provide guidance to Congregational leadership on such issues as understanding the components of Fair Compensation, accessing and understanding information about them on the UUA website, answering questions on unique pay and personnel issues, and developing plans to achieve your goals.

Your Compensation Consultants are:

  • Cheri Cody: Iowa, Kansas, Missouri (except St Louis area), Nebraska, South Dakota
  • Jane Gross: Kentucky, Ohio, Southern Indiana
  • Art Hillman: Michigan, Northern Indiana
  • Douglas Kaufman-Dickson: Illinois, Wisconsin, Eastern Missouri (St Louis area only)
  • Jason Smith: (North Dakota and Minnesota)


This page is for listing job openings in our Region's congregations. If you have a job opening to post, please e-mail it to [email protected].

Open positions will be listed for 60 days or until the application deadline. You may also contact our "jobs" administrator at that email address if your listing can be taken down early.

Note: Only the categories with active listings will have visible links.

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