Below you will find the most current list of Mentored Ministry Opportunities in the Hamilton Campus area, especially pertaining to Missions Related Ministry.
SEAFARER'S FRIEND – Student Chaplain
- SITE: 77 Broadway, Chelsea, MA
- MENTOR: Rev. J. Loring Carpenter
- PHONE: 617-889-3222
- EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org
- WEBSITE: http://www.seafarersfriend.org
- DENOMINATION: Interdenominational
PROJECT: The ministry of Seafarer’s Friend revolves around visiting and serving international seafarers on merchant ships (tankers, freighters, container ships, and other vessels) that dock in our ports (Boston, Chelsea, Salem, Portsmouth, Portland). These seafarers from a variety of cultures are away from home and family for four to twelve months at a time and are often from third world countries. Thus the setting of this ministry is both industrial and multicultural. The experience provides opportunities in a ministry of hospitality and transportation, helping people make contact with family and the outside world, working in an industrial environment where safety and security are important factors, being part of a team ministry, and being involved in the intricacies of operating a faith-oriented, service-centered, and highly flexible outreach ministry. We aim to touch lives of those traveling through with hope and service that is based on the love of God in Christ. This is a ministry that will be transformational for the student, opening new perspectives on ministry in a multicultural world.
HOURS: 10-15 hours / week minimum
FINANCIAL: A stipend may be offered and further work for pay is available depending on student’s skills.
TIME FRAME: Can accommodate the normal start-up periods. Pending interest the position may also become a long-term position allowing greater responsibility and potential for the student’s growth in following semesters and upon graduation.
The mentor, Rev. Loring Carpenter, has mentored many Gordon-Conwell seminary students, as pastor of the Congregational Church in West Newbury, as interim pastor of First Calvary Baptist Church in North Andover, and for over six years at Seafarer’s Friend.
OMF INTERNATIONAL – Missionary Preparation for Asia
- PHONE: 717-417-1486; Cell: 717-318-4654
- DENOMINATION: interdenominational
- MENTOR: Steve Niphakis
PROJECT: This is a position for a student considering long term mission commitment in Asia. Your mentor, Steve Niphakis, is an OMF missionary who has had over 20 years of experience in missions; including church planting, missionary training, leadership development and mobilization. The GCTS mission department has adopted the Shan people in South East Asia, so the qualified candidate will also be working on the Shan adoption OMP missions project. Part of the mentoring will be by phone but will also include personal visits on campus by the mentor in accordance with the requirements of the Mentored Ministry program.
This position will provide the student with opportunities to gain valuable experience related to career mission preparation. The mentoree should be willing to commit at least one year in a mentored relationship and to spend at least 6 weeks in Thailand during the summer,
The student will take a leadership role in the development of the Shan adoption project and will be responsible for doing research, leading prayer meetings, representing the Shan adoption program to students, churches, as well as mobilizing a team to take to Asia.
HOURS: 10 hrs./wk. (Most of the work will be on campus with students and staff but church related work will also be involved.)
TIME FRAME: Ongoing
OTHER: OMF is a Para-church organization. It is an international and interdenominational mission agency founded by Hudson Taylor in 1865 as the China Inland Mission. There are approx 1300 OMF missionaries working across 17 countries in Asia. We are currently one of the premier mission agencies reaching out to unreached peoples in East Asia. This opportunity offers qualified students the chance to work alongside OMF missionaries in an effort to begin a Church Planting movement among the Shan people. The student will interact with both missionaries on the field as well as home side staff.
CENTER FOR THE STUDY OF GLOBAL CHRISTIANITY (CSGC) – Various
- SITE: Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (D Building)
- PHONE: 978-468-3967
- DENOMINATION: N/A
- MENTOR: Todd Johnson
- EMAIL: email@example.com
PROJECT: Seeking a male or female student who will receive exposure to a wide variety of missions-related fields, most notably missions research. Student will also be exposed to the role that numerical research and research in general, plays as a part of mission and outreach as well as its importance to mission and strategy. Student will contribute towards knowledge of world Christianity; world religions; Christian denominations throughout the world; religious diasporas; immigration/emigration; specific countries, cities, and/or people groups; and missiology. Student will have the opportunity to interact with informants, contacts, and scholars in various countries to verify data and collect new information. The right student for this position will have a calling towards the most unreached and neglected of our world, as well as an ability and enjoyment for research, independent study, and working with numerical data relating to missions and world religions. Also, the student should have basic computer skills in MS Word and Excel, as well as good communication skills, including cross-cultural sensitivities.
HOURS: 10 hours/week, plus occasional conferences, etc.
TIME FRAME: Projects can begin at any semester . One unit limit for Mentored Ministry.
OTHER: CSGC is a research center dedicated to the study of global Christianity and its interaction with other world religions. They offer the student broad exposure to the field of missions and missions research. Their research and publications are used by churches, mission organizations, media, and other sources in support of church/mission strategy, articles related to global Christianity, demographic studies, etc.
COVENANT CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH – Mission & Outreach Intern
- SITE: 455 Arborway Jamaica Plain (Boston), MA 02130
- PHONE: 617-524-0775
- DENOMINATION: Evangelical Covenant Church (ECC)
- WEBSITE: www.bostoncov.org
- MENTOR: Fred Elliott-Hart
- CONTACT: firstname.lastname@example.org
PROJECT: The Mission and Outreach Intern will exercise and develop leadership gifts in the areas of ministry planning, community needs assessments, leadership development, starting and building ministries, teaching, and administration. The Mission and Outreach Intern will work with the Senior Pastor and Chair of Mission and Outreach team in assessing current mission and outreach ministries (HopeFound Shelter ministry and Brighter City Summer Program) and further developing these ministries or establishing new outreach ministries. Key aspects of the experience will include community assessment, congregational assessment for mission, vision casting, team building and ministry/program development.
HOURS: 10 hrs./wk.
TIME FRAME: Ongoing - beginning of any semester for start-up
OTHER: Covenant Congregational Church is a multi-ethnic, intergenerational, Christ-centered church in Boston’s vibrant neighborhood of Jamaica Plain (founded in 1891). The membership of the Church is about 160, with an average attendance of about 100 on a Sunday service.
INTERNATIONAL STUDENT MINISTRY – Various
- SITE: (see below)
- PHONE: 617-875-8647 (cell)
- EMAIL: email@example.com
- DENOMINATION: interdenominational
- MENTOR: Steve Hope
PROJECT: This is a position for a student to partner with a coalition of churches and parachurch ministries in the Boston area in international student ministry (ISM). The student will interact and relate to international students from all regions of the world as well as experienced mission and lay leaders in this field.
The United States is host to more international students than any other country in the world. In Massachusetts alone, there were over 35,000 students in the past academic year. Many of these students will return to their home countries and be the future leaders in government, science and other areas of influence. The ministry strives to expose students and scholars to the love of Christ and to point them to resources to help their physical, emotional, and spiritual needs. A key part of the ISM ministry are monthly gatherings held at a home in Waltham. On a yearly basis, approximately 80-120 international students are served.
This is a unique opportunity for students interested and open to other peoples and cultures and with a calling to missions and outreach. The student will have first-hand experience in how to engage with foreign students and face the opportunities and challenges of sharing the love of Christ with them, in word and deeds. The position involves event planning, spreadsheet database administration, communication and relationship building.
STUDENT CHARACTERISTICS: The student should have excellent interpersonal and communication skills, including cross-cultural sensitivities. Also, the student should have excellent computer skills including familiarity with creating and maintaining Excel spreadsheet databases.
HOURS: 10 hours / week
TIME FRAME: The position is for one year with option to extend for an additional year if mutually agreed.
FINANCIAL: Monthly stipend.
OTHER: The ISM ministry team includes volunteers primarily from Grace Chapel – www.grace.org - a non-denominational church in Lexington and Park Street – www.parkstreet.org - one of the oldest churches in America, located in downtown Boston. The student’s mentor will be Steve Hope with International Students, Inc., who has over 20 years experience in this strategic ministry.
COMMUTE: Approx. 45 minutes for the monthly gatherings; time will vary for interaction with students on campuses; some of the work can be done on the GCTS campus.