Free & Fit - Hillsong East Coast Wisdom Year by Tim Cheux

Free & Fit - Hillsong East Coast Wisdom Year by Tim Cheux

The past two year period has seen much change for Faith communities across Dioceses, Denominations and Disciplines. Yet, Church life has continued, like in many other students contexts, at my field education placement for my Wisdom Year. For the past two years I have served at Hillsong East Coast which includes campuses in Montclair New Jersey, Boston, Massachusetts and of course Hillsong, New York City.

Supporting Baby Dedications at Christmas Service in Hillsong Boston, MA.

Hillsong has an exceptional culture of Hospitality. Similar to a familiar greeting when you walk into General Seminary you will receive a signature “Welcome Home” from staff members and volunteers. It is the global expression used when greeting people with pre-pandemic hugs and handshakes or post pandemic air fives and elbow bumps at a Hillsong Church. This is true whether you are in London, New York, Berlin, Sao Paulo, Kiev or Sydney. To thousands of different people around the world Hillsong is their Spiritual place to be Welcomed Home.

Greeting Congregants at Salvation Army, Hillsong NYC as part of Wisdom Year

My first experience of Hillsong was in 2013 when I was exploring the possibility of moving to Australia. When living in London I planned to make Hillsong my home Church in Sydney. Instead, I stayed in the UK and found full-time Ministry opportunities in an Anglican context, and two years later, in the US, a much wider Ecumenical context. The past six years I have been working as a School Chaplain, Children's Education Director, NYU College Pastor, UMC Associate Pastor and Youth Worker all coinciding with my arrival at General Theological School in 2018 to start my Masters of Divinity and certificate in Spiritual Direction.

Youth Worker role at Church St Marks Kennington, UK

However, Hillsong has always helped sustain, support and encourage me on my Spiritual journey. To support my work in Ministry I attended post work Church services at Hillsong during lunch time or evening services at Hillsong Bermondsey (Church Plant) and Hillsong London (Central Campus) in the United Kingdom. Throughout my time working in