Field Education

BTI member schools offer opportunities for students to gain experience outside of the classroom.

Andover Newton Theological School 
Field Education

“All Andover Newton students pursuing a Master of Divinity (M.Div.) or Master of Arts in Religious Education (MARE) must complete two consecutive twelve-week semesters, continuing during breaks and the Winter session, in supervised ministry in an approved setting.” 

Susan Suchocki Brown 

Boston College School of Theology and Ministry 
Supervised Ministry

“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.” 

Theresa O'Keefe  

Boston University School of Theology
Contextual Education

“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 

Episcopal Divinity School
Field Education

“Field education is a critical component of a student’s formation for ministry. Through immersion in a congregation, chaplaincy, or non-profit agency, students clarify their calling and gain greater capacity for offering transformative leadership. A good field education placement utilizes a student’s existing skills and stretches them to grow vocationally and gain greater self-awareness.” 

Amy McCreath 

Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
Mentored Ministry

“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.” 

Katherine Horvath 

Hebrew College
Supervised Internships

“Supervised Internships: 

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.” 

Dan Judson 

Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology
Field Education

“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.”  

Phillip Mamalakis 

Harvard Divinity School
Field Education 

“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.” 

Emily Click 

Laura Tuach 


BTI Schools

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