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First Unitarian Fellowship of Nanaimo: Ministerial Search

The First Unitarian Fellowship of Nanaimo (FUFON) is looking for a two-thirds-time consulting minister to lead us into the future.  We are located on beautiful Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada in a region with a population of 160,942.  As an affordable harbour town, Nanaimo offers residents the west coast lifestyle with breathtaking scenery, a mild climate, outdoor recreational activities, a vibrant arts scene, and a burgeoning local food culture.

The Minister We Are Looking For

We seek someone who can help us achieve our desired future!  That means our ideal minister will be growth-oriented, forward-thinking, and charismatic.  We desire sermons to inspire and challenge us intellectually that are followed by warm interactions as we invest time and energy in getting to know each other.  Our survey respondents identified three duties as most important for our next minister:  (1) Sunday Sermons; (2) Building Community Within the Fellowship; and (3) Expansion of Membership and Vitality.  When asked how the minister should prioritize ministerial responsibilities, these same themes appear with the number one priority being Spiritual Leadership; the second, Congregational Growth and Leadership; and the third, Facilitation.

While we want to be entranced by your sermons, struck by your warmth and charm, and delighted with your ability to attract new folks to our doors, it is only fair that we share with you challenges you may face with our congregation.  After all, we are a mature and gifted group.  And, while we express a desire for change, we will still want to keep many of our long-standing traditions.  Change may be hard for us at times.  You, as our spiritual leader, will need to engage us in creating that future even as you guide us.  Survey respondents suggested that you, as our minister, will need to be comfortable with a shared leadership role and competent and experienced in managing conflict in constructive ways.  We seek a leader who will walk side-by-side with us on our journey and be willing to go all in.

If this sounds like a good fit for you, we would love to speak with you.  Interested candidates can reach the Search Committee by emailing the Committee Chair at

Additional congregational survey information is available upon request and more information about FUFON is available on UUA’s Settlement System.

Read the complete FUFON Job Description (pdf)

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