Field Education Sites

First Church in Cambridge, Congregational

11 Garden Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
Phone: (617) 547-2724
Fax: (617) 876-5829
Web address:

Contact Person(s):

Rev. Daniel Albert Smith

Organization Description:

First Church in Cambridge is a liberal Christian community strongly rooted in the Congregational tradition of the United Church of Christ. We are an Open and Affirming, Just-Peace, spiritually hungry congregation that is serious about worship and deeply engaged with the world.

This placement is an opportunity for a seminarian to explore many facets of leadership in the local church. It is especially suited to a person with interest or experience in adult faith formation and the practices of the Christian faith, intergenerational ministry, the connection between worship and the arts, and social action ministries, such as the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization and the First Church Shelter. Please visit our website to learn more (

Opportunities for Student Involvement:

First Church will welcome any seminarian eager for a challenging placement, and who is creative, flexible and mature. Depending on the student's interests and abilities, he or she may wish to devise with us a learning plan that includes participation in a particular area of focus, as well as the more typical explorations of traditional dimensions of local church ministry -- visitation, worship design, planning and leadership, preaching, administration, children's and adult education, youth and young adult ministry, and the like. A student with the right combination of gifts might also like to explore the possibility of working with the leadership team on an alternative service, deepening our interfaith connections, or offering a weekly prayer and meditation group. We value clear guidelines, supportive structures and regular, mutually-accountable supervision.

Commute/Transportation Information:

We are located within walking distance of HDS and the Harvard Square T Station.

Arts of Ministry Competencies Offered:

  • Administration and Program Development
  • Denominational Polity
  • Pastoral Care and Counseling
  • Public Leadership, Community Organizing, and Planning
  • Preaching and Worship
  • 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 ministry, and to clarify aspects of church life.

Additional Information:

Number of Students: 1

Total Compensation: $4000.00

Type of Compensation: direct pay from site

Additional Notes:

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