Field Education Sites

Old South Church

645 Boyston St.
Boston, MA 02116
Phone: (617) 536-1970
Web address: www.oldsouth.org/
Email: John@oldsouth.org

Contact Person(s):

Mr. John Marlow Edgerton

Organization Description:

Old South is a mid-sized (~650 members) urban church with roots deep in Boston and the nation’s history. Worship attendance is between 275 and 375 people each week. Our community is largely European-American, with significant numbers of Asians and Asian-Americans and a greater number of African-Americans than most historically white UCC congregations. We have a large population of gay men and a small one of lesbians and bisexuals. Socioeconomically, we are diverse in the sense that millionaires and C-level employees share the pews and the work of the church with homeless people. We lack diversity in that there are relatively few lower-middle class and working class families or individuals. Our membership is evenly divided between urban and suburban dwellers, and many regular worshipers travel from New Hampshire, Maine, and Rhode Island.

Opportunities for Student Involvement:

The position of Field Education Intern is designed to nurture the professional growth and development of candidates preparing for ordination by creating meaningful supervised opportunities for ministerial leadership in a historic urban church environment, and to utilize the gifts and experiences of the Field Education Intern to support, serve and expand the ministry and programs of Old South Church in Boston, an Open and Affirming Congregation of the United Church of Christ. The Intern can expect to gain experience teaching Bible study and other adult education classes and leading worship and preaching in a variety of settings, including our large, formal 11AM Sunday Festival Service, our intimate 9AM Sunday communion service, or our casual 6PM Thursday Jazz Service. However, the intern’s primary responsibilities will be in the area of outreach to young adults. Old South’s worship services welcome dozens of college students, grad students, and others in their 20s and 30s each week, but these people are relatively unengaged elsewhere in the church’s life. The intern will develop programs and ministries to meet and engage this population in innovative ways, seeking to respond to their needs and activate them as strong, progressive Christian leaders.

Commute/Transportation Information:

No information provided.

Arts of Ministry Competencies Offered:

No Arts of Ministry competencies specified.

Supervision:

One hour of weekly 1:1 supervision.

Additional Information:

Number of Students: 1

Total Compensation: $4000.00

Type of Compensation: direct pay from site

Additional Notes: A monthly Link Pass for use on MBTA Subways and Buses will be provided.

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