Students at all member schools can do multiple semesters of field education as their schedule and requirements allow. Through the BTI, each school's placement list is open to students from other member schools. Finding the perfect site for such a valuable part of experiental education can be challenging. Fortunately, each school has unique relationships with Boston churches and institutions to provide a wealth of opportunities. Best of all, like cross-registration, field education through other schools is a FREE resource available to students who attend member schools. In order to do field education at campus besides your own, you will need to follow-up with your own office of field education and the office of the school whose site you are seeking. Field education registration is not done through the portal and is not managed by the BTI. However, the BTI is a field education site through Harvard Divinity School, so come work with us! Below is a list of schools offering field education sites to other schools and a link to their information. Of course, feel free to contact us with any questions.
“The Supervised Ministry program guides students in choosing ministry placements that reflect their personal and professional interests. Faculty directors and placement supervisors work with individual students to help them form, develop, cultivate, and deepen their pastoral skills.”
“The overall purpose of the contextual placement is to train students in ministry while providing supervision and support (by both the setting and by the School of Theology) and offering an opportunity to refine their call to ministry by experiencing ministerial roles and practices.”
Cristian De La Rosa
“Our Mentored Ministry program is the place where the theory of the classroom and the practice of the ministry setting come together. The classroom is the heartbeat of Gordon-Conwell. There are so many things that must be learned in such a setting. But the congregational and/or ministry setting is the place to put into practice the very things learned in the classroom. These two realms of preparation for ministry need each other. Theory without praxis results in little more than stored information and practice without a sound theory is little more than experimentation.”
During the final two years of the program, you will have a supervised paid internship each year at a local Jewish institution, giving you the opportunity to gain valuable work experience with mentorship from seasoned rabbis. Hebrew College has developed partnerships with many leading Boston congregations across the religious spectrum, as well as with Hillels, day schools and other innovative Jewish organizations.”
“The theological foundation upon which the field education program rests is the conviction that theological studies cannot be separated from or unrelated to church life…. As an integral part of preparation for service to the Church in today’s world, the field education program manifests the relationship between worship, theological study, and service to God’s people.”
“Authentic training for the ministry must include both practical experience and reflection on that experience. The Field Education Program at HDS is built around guided learning experiences that integrate theory and practice to develop professional attitudes.”