I learned much about administration while serving as a ministerial intern. I worked with committees, managed volunteers, observed budget work and navigated conflict.
I launched two new initiatives at my teaching congregation. The young adult group I started was greatly needed and took commitment, patience, and dedication; now the group is thriving and young adults are matriculating into leadership roles in the congregation. Starting an initiative on gender non-binary awareness taught me how to implement an adaptive change in culture, a slow job that requires patience, dedication, and a healthy amount of momentum and excitement. I learned how to use the pulpit to create change, and found tactics to integrate the initiative into church life through trainings, workshops, and visibility.
I performed a variety of other administrative roles in my teaching congregation and home congregation.
First Unitarian Society (Ministerial Intern):
- Supervised volunteers for Mindfulness sessions
- Provided sensitivity training on gender to the Board of Trustees and other committees
- Served as staff liaison for Mental Health Awareness Team
- Worked closely with church staff to plan events and educational activities
- Regular observer at: Stewardship, Capital Campaign, Religious Education, Board of Trustees; attended ad-hoc meetings with the Senior Minister; participated in Caring Committee
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Princeton (Lay Member)
- Chair of Young Adults
- Served on Membership Committee
- Organized fundraising events
- Made presentations to Program Council
- Navigated conflict related to founding of Young Adults
“Jane took advantage of every opportunity to learn about congregational administration. She attended every conceivable committee and task force meeting and almost every meeting of the board of trustees” Rev. Dr. David Breeden