Rev. Kent Montgomery French
The United Parish in Brookline began in 1970 when three congregations came together as a joyful experiment in ecumenical life. Today, we have ties to all three denominations of those original churches: the American Baptist Churches (ABC), the United Church of Christ (UCC) and the United Methodist Church (UMC). We are an open and affirming, reconciling, welcoming, intergenerational, economically, ethnically and religiously diverse mix of people, seeking to follow Christ and to know God more fully. We believe that all Christian seekers are called to some form of ministry, and so we strive to help people find their ministry in life, whether by being more spiritually intentional about what they currently do as well as discovering ministry opportunities that fit their unique gifts. We aim to help people find their own call to ministry and then equip them to serve others. We experience our common life in five directions: exalting in worship, deepening in Christian faith, gathering in community, stretching into justice, and stewarding our resources. Visit our website, unitedparishbrookline.org, to find out more.
Opportunities for Student Involvement:
The United Parish is looking for seminarian candidates who are creative, adaptive, mature and willing to explore an entrepreneurial, experimental approach to ministry, incorporating new, out-of-the-box ideas with respect for and grounding in the Christian tradition. We will work with the student to create a learning plan, according to their unique gifts and passions. This plan may have a specialized focus, while also exploring traditional aspects of local church ministry: worship planning and leadership, preaching, pastoral visits, administration, Christian education for all ages and work in charity and justice. A student may also explore other areas, such as greater outreach to the community, collaborating on new worship opportunities, developing better systems and practices for administering the church. We seek a field education relationship with clear guidelines, supportive systems and regular, mutually accountable supervision.
We are located at the corner of Marion and Harvard Streets, in the Coolidge Corner neighborhood of Brookline. We are easily accessible by public transportation: two blocks from the C (Cleveland Circle) train on the Green Line and along the #66 bus route.
Arts of Ministry Competencies Offered:
- Administration and Program Development
- Denominational Polity
- Pastoral Care and Counseling
- Preaching and Worship
- Public Leadership, Community Organizing, and Planning
- Religious Education and Spiritual Development
Student and supervisor will meet weekly to assess how the experience is moving toward the agreed upon goals, to reflect theologically upon the practice ministry, and to clarify aspects of congregational life.
- Number of Students: 1
- Total Compensation: $6000.00
- Type of Compensation: Direct Pay from Site