What are the benefits to the larger organization and to the individuals?

We have documented some of the contributions that Quest 1 participants have made to the congregation.  These activities started during or shortly after Quest 1 and were self-identified as being an outgrowth of each participant’s journey in Quest 1.

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What is the cost to each participant?

Each participant pays $1,400 for the two year Quest program. The majority of the income from the participant fee is expensed for the retreats at retreat centers so fees may vary.  Retreat centers charge for room, meals, and group meeting space.  Scholarship money is available for a minimum number of people. 

What are the expense categories for implementing a two-year Quest program? 

Human Resources (if not volunteer positions)

  • Program Director – We pay $5,000 per year for ten hours per week. $15,000 for the three-year commitment that includes planning for the implementation, evaluation and follow-up.  
  • Integration Group Facilitators – We pay each Integration Group Facilitator a $200 stipend for each of the six retreats, as an honorarium for their work.
        Stipend for each Guest Retreat Facilitator - $200 stipend for one retreat.   
  • Materials – Food and supplies for meetings and retreats – $1500 

Retreat Expenses
This will vary depending on the retreat center with whom you contract.  You will need to contract for rooms, meals, and meeting space for six retreats. 

Is there a way for a small church or a group of churches in close proximity to implement a Quest program?

Yes, it is possible to team up with other churches to offer Quest. One suggestion is that retreats be done together and the interim integration groups and mentoring can occur at the home churches involved.  If you would like to discuss this further, please go to Contact Us on the home page. We are happy to discuss ideas and options in more detail.

Has this program been piloted and evaluated for effectiveness?

The initial evaluation process of the pilot, Quest 1, was done by an outside evaluation specialist, Bennett E. Kadel PhD.  The program was found to be effective pedagogically and produced spiritual growth and commitment for both individuals and the congregation. 

What assistance is offered if we purchase the Quest curriculum?

Included in the price of the curriculum are three hours of individual consultation. 

If needed, is there additional support available from the Quest Program Director at First Unitarian Society, Madison for the planning and implementation of Quest at a different site?

Yes, site visits and further consultation can be arranged for a negotiated fee.