Meet Sarah Mount Elewononi Part 5 – Ministry in NEAC Though I had two short-term appointments before my first ordination (8 weeks in East Douglas in the summer of 1996 and 8 weeks in Sudbury in the spring of 1998) my first full time appointment was to Broadway UMC in Lynn, MA. At the time it was one of six United Methodist congregations in the city that made up the Lynn UM Cluster. I was excited to begin ministry and loved the parsonage provided to me there, especially having a washer and dryer that didn’t require quarters! Broadway was a place for me to learn many things that were not part of the seminary curriculum, and I came to love many of the members. I enjoyed visiting the elderly members at their homes, and working with the children, leading a confirmation class, and planning joint worship services with the Cluster and the Lynn Clergy Association. I also began giving one week a year to leading a group of campers at the United Methodist Camp Wanakee, in NH. In the spring of 2000 I was informed that Bishop Hassinger wanted to appoint me to the Associate Pastor position of the Old South UMC in Reading, MA. Old South was a much larger congregation with a very active youth program, a teaming Sunday School, well attended adult education program and many other ministries. I taught the confirmation class there and did some work with the Boy and Girl Scouts and started up a youth group for the former Metro Boston North District After just two years at Old South I received yet another new appointment to the Rockport UMC on Cape Ann. While in Rockport I began using Seasons of the Spirit to plan worship and teach Sunday School. We went through a process of determining the members’ spiritual gifts and began to reorganize the leadership structure. I started a youth group and found ways for them to connect with other youth on our district and in our town. I also finally succeeded passing the Board of Ordained Ministry’s exam and was ordained Elder in Full Connection in June of 2004. Financial issues forced the Rockport church to go from full time to half time in my third year there. So I began a doctoral program in worship and sociology of religion at BU School of Theology in 2004. When the church dropped down to quarter time the next year I was appointed to attend school full time. I stayed in this status for three years, focusing my energy on my studies and supporting myself by working as a TA for the introduction to worship and introduction to preaching classes, and working at the library in the school of theology. I also began serving the New England Annual Conference on the staff of the Local Pastors Licensing School. In the 2005-06 year I lived in an intentional community of other BUSTh students in Winchester, and then moved to West Medford. In 2008, while meeting with my DS, she offered me a quarter time appointment in at Wesley UMC, Medford – just a block from Tufts University and less than 2 miles from my home. I was the associate pastor of this bi-lingual congregation of Korean immigrants and multi-cultural Americans, mostly serving the non-Korean part of the congregation – an interesting and challenging appointment. During all these years I learned a lot about myself, with the support of a spiritual director, a pastoral councilor and several good friends. I went on numerous retreats with the Order of St. Luke and had several opportunities to travel, both to visit my brother’s family in CA and to go on retreats and conferences. This included several days at a retreat hosted by the Center for Action and Contemplation in New Mexico, the Oxford Institute of Methodist studies in England (where I presented a paper related to my dissertation) and the North American Academy of Liturgy, which met in Baltimore in 2009. I also trained to be a coach for Natural Church Development and worked with First Community UMC in Medford for 2 years. While itinerate ministry can involve a lot of moving around, I must say that I sure hope to settle down here in Walpole for quite some time!