Tammy McLeod, MA
Park Street Church is an historic church—William Lloyd Garrison’s giving his first public anti-slavery speech here and World Relief (an international relief and development agency) being founded here—but it continues today as a vibrant congregational church in the heart of Boston. Not only is it a physical landmark (tallest structure in the United States for 28 years when it was completed in 1810; established stop on Boston’s historic “Freedom Trail”), it has also been a testament to the truth of the love of Christ for the world. These days approximately 1,100 worshippers gather at three services on Sundays and participate in many ministries throughout the week. Membership includes people from 61 nations and from all generations.
Opportunities for Student Involvement:
1. We just started an in-house college ministry at Park Street Church (PSC), so this student’s title would be Assistant Director of College Ministry. Based on gifts, passions, and professional goals he/she could:
- Lead the College Leadership Team (five college student leaders who on Sundays from 9:45-10:45 lead Gathering an offering for college students between services).
- Lead the College Leadership Community (26 non-students ages 22-75 who help serve college students).
- Teach periodically at Gathering.
- Design and/or host social gatherings for college students.
- Disciple students individually.
- Lead small groups for college students at PSC or possibly on the Harvard campus (since I am also a Harvard Chaplain for Cru).
- Design a gathering for students after the 11am and/or 4pm services to help welcome them.
- Help lead a spring break social justice mission trip for students; raising own funds is required.
- Help lead a service-learning mission trip to a S. Africa for college students from Dec. 27-Jan. 16; raising own funds is required.
2. Since PSC has a partnership with Cru (an international, interdenominational missions organization) she/he could also help students reach out to the students on their campuses:
- Help PSC college students launch new ministries on their campuses.
- Do outreach on college campuses.
- Speak periodically at FUEL—the weekly meeting of Christian Impact (Cru) at Harvard.
3. All-church opportunities:
- Preach at a Lenten Service.
- Do congregational prayer in the main services (8:30am & 11am- 700 people; 4pm- 250 people).
- Pray with individuals who come forward to receive prayer after services.
- Read Scripture in the main services.
- Attend two missions committee meetings and participate in the Annual Missions Conference.
Take the red line train to Park Street Station. The church is located right outside the station and is a 15-minute ride from Harvard Square.
Arts of Ministry Competencies Offered:
- Administration and Program Development
- Denominational Polity
- Pastoral Care and Counseling
- Peacebuilding and Just Conflict Resolution
- Preaching and Worship
- Public Leadership, Community Organizing, and Planning
- Racial Justice and Healing
- Religious Education and Spiritual Development
Weekly meetings between student and supervisor.
- Number of Students: 1
- Total Compensation: $6000.00
- Type of Compensation: Direct Pay from Site
- Additional Notes: Site is not available in 2021-22.