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Wellesley Hills Congregational Church, UCC
Contact Person(s):Rev. Dr. Pashington Obeng
Wellesley Hills Congregational (UCC) is a suburban church with a membership of 1,011 of which over 220 are children in our church school. The church consists of people with varied educational and professional backgrounds. The Hills Congregational Church is part of a community which draws people of diverse national origins from Wellesley, Natick, Framingham, Newton, Weston, Dover, etc. Education, technology, retail and financial services are the primary industries/ businesses in Wellesley. The Church provides a suburban setting for the student to experience and contribute to varied ministries which embrace spiritual development, social justice and community issues. Specific church projects include: serving area homeless families through our participation in the Metrowest Interfaith Hospitality Network, our partnerships with Grace House in Framingham, Habitat for Humanity and the Woods-Mullen Shelter, assistance to area low-income residents, and our mission among the Siddis in south India to free children and families trapped in debt bondage. While emphasizing spiritual growth in thought and practice, we deepen and extend our outreach mission.
Opportunities for Student Involvement:
The ministerial student will meet with the supervisor and with the Teaching Parish Committee to develop the placement description to fit the student's talents and interests and the church's needs. Projects might include leadership in adult study groups, participation in church school programs, and in worship and program development.
Terms of Placement: Stipend of $4,000.00. A car is necessary. 15 hours per week.
No information provided.
Arts of Ministry Competencies Offered:
- Pastoral Care and Counseling
- Public Leadership, Community Organizing, and Planning
- Preaching and Worship
- Religious Education and Spiritual Development
Weekly meetings between student and supervisor will encourage the student's effort to integrate theological reflection into practice in ministry. In addition, the student will attend weekly staff meetings and meet monthly with the Teaching Parish Committee for ongoing feedback and support from the congregation. The student will have opportunities to interact with other clergy and committees as a part of her/his professional development.
Number of Students: 1
Total Compensation: $4000.00
Type of Compensation: direct pay from site
Additional Notes: Pash called - although he has moved to half time, and they will have an interim senior pastor, they are very committed to having an FE student next year. No updates to site description. RKG