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Name of Site First Church in Boston
Boston, MA
Address 66 Marlborough St
Boston, MA 02116  
Phone 617267-6730 
Website https://firstchurchboston.org 
Site E-mail Address office@firstchurchboston.org 
Size of Congregation 95 
Supervisor Name Rev. Dr. Stephanie May 
Supervisor Phone 6175151390 
Supervisor E-mail RevStephanie@firstchurchboston.org 
Informational Contact Name Rev. Dr. Stephanie May 
Informational Contact Phone 6175151390 
Informational Contact E-mail RevStephanie@firstchurchboston.org 
Focus Congregational Ministry 
Fulltime/Parttime Full Time 
Compensation $2710 
Other Benefits Eligible for health, dental, and vision. Please inquire for details. 
Number of Months 10 
Start Date/End Date 8/15/24  6/15/25 
Site Description Founded in 1630, First Church Boston is a very old congregation whose identity is embedded with the history of Boston itself. We have often been referred to as Boston’s oldest congregation worshiping in its newest church building–a paradox present in many aspects of our culture. Having recently called a new Senior Minister, we are at an exciting time as we continue to wrestle with our history and the possibilities of the present and future. Music has a major presence in Sunday worship, with a professional choir in addition to organ and piano. The interweaving of music in the service is cherished by many members of First Church, an element that creates a transcendent experience. Social justice is also central, cited by members as one of the top three functions of the congregation in recent congregational surveys. Led by the Social Justice Committee, we seek to engage more broadly through partnership with larger city or national organizations. And, education for all ages is also important. The congregation is eager to learn in a wide range of areas, through courses and workshops, panels and forums. We are in the process of rebuilding our religious education programs for children. The congregation has responded with great energy and enthusiasm to Ministerial Interns going back decades. Congregants have spoken of being drawn more deeply into the congregation through sermons, services, and programming led by interns. This affection is mutual—interns unanimously expressed deep appreciation of members taking seriously their responsibility as a long-established teaching congregation. Interns felt they were given opportunities to stretch to find their own ministerial strengths. 
Job Description The intern would be broadly involved in all aspects of parish ministry, including regular participation in worship (preaching 8x), pastoral care, governance meetings, and educational programming for a variety of ages as well as opportunities for social justice. The specific learning needs of the intern would be integrated into the learning covenant as part of the broad experience of parish ministry. Working as part of a staff team, the intern would be doing active ministry under supervision. As a historic congregation moving into a new chapter, the intern would have the opportunity to help shape the present and future. 
Site Accessibility Not fully accessible due to stairs to office space 
Application Procedure Please email a cover letter of interest, a CV, and three references to include a religious, academic/professional, and personal contact. As available, please send video links to samples of worship leadership and/or preaching.  
Additional Notes 2024-2025 includes key moments in the 250th anniversary of the start of the American Revolution. Multiple celebrations in the Boston area could enable particular events and foci in congregational programming. 
Application Deadline Rolling review 
Selection Date January 2024