National and International Opportunities
In addition to the wide variety of educational opportunities available on the South Hamilton campus, the Seminary makes it possible for students to take advantage of other unique learning experiences in various locations. The programs described below are usually focused on specific areas and are designed to meet special interests and needs.
Appalachian Ministries Educational Resources Center (AMERC)
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary is a member of the AMERC consortium. AMERC provides specialized training for students preparing for ministry in the Appalachian Church and other small town and rural congregations. AMERC offers both traditional seminary courses and immersion programs.
Contact the Academic Dean's Office for further information.
Armed Forces Chaplain Candidate Program
The Armed Forces Chaplain Candidate Program offers opportunities to minister to soldiers, sailors, and airmen, and their families. Chaplains have the opportunity to pastor, shepherd, and mentor as the military spiritual leader, using the Word of God to comfort, instruct, and guide each person in their personal walks of faith.
Full-time students will have the opportunity to participate in the Chaplain Candidate Program for the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, or National Guard. Students who enroll in this program will be commissioned as an officer with the armed forces in the reserve. The Chaplain Candidate Program also provides tuition assistance towards seminary education along with many other benefits.
For more information, access the Chaplain Candidate Program for the various branches of the armed forces.
Boston Theological Institute (BTI)
Gordon-Conwell is a full member in a consortium of the nine major theological schools in the Boston area. In addition to Gordon-Conwell, these schools include:
- Andover Newton Theological School
- Boston College Department of Theology
- Boston University School of Theology
- Episcopal Divinity School
- Harvard Divinity School
- Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Seminary
- Saint John's Seminary
- Weston School of Theology
Students may take selected courses at these member schools. Cross registration is arranged through the Gordon-Conwell Registration Office and such courses must be completed within the time limits as stated for each course. In any given semester a student must register for at least half of his or her coursework at Gordon-Conwell. BTI cross registration procedures are not followed during the summer at which time students must register directly at the BTI school involved.
Gordon-Conwell students have access to the library facilities as well as major lectureships and interdisciplinary conferences of all member institutions.
Center for Advent Christian Studies
Students preparing for ministry within the Advent Christian denomination are eligible to enroll in the Center for Advent Christian Studies at Gordon-Conwell. This center offers a program of studies covering Advent Christian history, theological distinctives and denominational standards within the framework of Gordon-Conwell's degree requirements and curriculum design. Students in any Gordon-Conwell degree program are eligible for Admission. The director of the Center for Advent Christian Studies serves as advisor and mentor to its students.
Operation of the center is underwritten by the Board of Trustees of Berkshire Christian College to encourage Advent Christian students to undertake ministerial training at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Several scholarships for partial tuition are available annually to qualifying students. Center students also have access to the Linden J. Carter Collection of Millerite and Adventual Materials, currently housed in the Goddard Library. This special research library includes rare historical items.
The Center for Urban Ministerial Education (CUME)
At the Boston campus courses are offered for the in-service training of both Spanish and English speaking pastors and church leaders of the greater Boston area. With over 20 distinct nationalities represented in CUME's program, courses are also offered in French (for Haitians) and Portuguese. CUME's chief objective is to help equip urban pastors and church leaders for more effective ministry and outreach in their communities. CUME has also served in a support capacity by providing resources, ministerial fellowship and stimulation for cross-denominational endeavors to evangelism and church growth.
The Master of Divinity, the Master of Arts in Urban Ministry, Master of Arts in Youth Ministries and Doctor of Ministry degrees are offered in Boston, as well as the Urban Ministries Track described in the degree program section.
Gordon-Conwell's Charlotte, NC Campus
The Charlotte, North Carolina branch campus is based on an adult learning model, where students take responsibility for their learning through covenants developed in concert with professors and mentors. The Charlotte campus offers the following degrees: Master of Divinity; Master of Arts in Theological Studies, Christian Counseling, Old Testament, New Testament, Biblical Studies, Christian Thought, and Religion; and the Doctor of Ministry degree programs. The programs are ideally suited for those already engaged in ministry.
Coalition for Christian Outreach
Through the Ockenga Institute, the Seminary has a cooperative extension program offering graduate-level credit courses in Pittsburgh, PA for the Coalition for Christian Outreach (CCO) staff. In coordination with the CCO's staff training programs, these courses provide opportunities for academic reflection upon the issues of college ministry and for the initial foundation of a seminary education.
Offering a curriculum that combines courses specifically designed for campus ministry along with the general requirements of a seminary education gives the students an invaluable experience. Students can complete nearly one-third of their seminary education while participating in active college ministry. Students are able to finish their seminary education by matriculating to the GCTS campus of their choice.
More information about these opportunities can be obtained directly from CCO or from the Ockenga Institute Office.
Distance Education: Semlink Program
Semlink is a web-based distance learning program which allows you to study at your own pace—when and where it is most convenient for you. Semlink course materials consist of CD-ROM or an Educational Packet. These resources are complemented by Semlink Online, the companion website that provides resources for formation, and allows significant interaction among students and between students and instructors.
InterVarsity Christian Fellowship (IVCF)
Through a cooperative program with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, staff with IVCF may take a limited number of courses for M.Div. or MAR credit at the seminary through InterVarsity's National Institute for Staff Education and Training. Contact the Admissions Office for more information.
In January 1985, the trustees of Gordon-Conwell voted to establish an institute to honor the late first president of the Seminary. In the pulpit or the classroom, Dr. Harold John Ockenga consistently communicated the need to have all life informed about and all of life shaped by biblical principles. Dr. Ockenga, a major force in 20th century Evangelicalism, was motivated by twin concerns for church renewal and world evangelization. The Institute extends these concerns through its programs.
To fulfill its mandate as part of the Seminary, the Ockenga Institute currently conducts educational programs through two centers: the Shoemaker Center for Church Renewal and the J Christy Wilson, Jr. Center for World Missions. The Institute staff develops courses, seminars, conferences and research activities involving scholars and practitioners from many fields. Both credit and noncredit opportunities for study are available through the Ockenga Institute. Educational events take place at the Seminary's Hamilton, Massachusetts campus and at other selected locations.
National Capital Semester for Seminarians (NCSS)
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary participates in the National Capital Semester for Seminarians sponsored by Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C. Students who have completed at least one year of seminary studies are eligible to take up to six hours of coursework. Participating students may choose to take other courses. The program provides a full semester (Spring only) of academic credit, organized as follows:
- Interaction/Reflection Seminar: As the core course in the NCSS program, this seminar addresses an array of topics including faith and politics, domestic and international policy, and the role of the church. (4 semester credit hours.)
- An Independent Research Project designed to give the student greater depth or understanding of a selected public policy issue (three hours, optional).
- The Social Ethics Internship with Washington agency or ministry (three hours, optional).
- Elective course work (three to six hours, optional.)
All NCSS students are charged tuition at Wesley Seminary's current rates. Students pay the tuition to Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Housing and meal costs are paid directly to Wesley Seminary at its current rates. Students bear their own costs for books, transportation and miscellaneous expenses. Application deadline is October 31. See the Academic Dean's Office if interested.
Rural Ministry Program
Gordon-Conwell is a charter participating member of the Rural Ministry Program of Dubuque Theological Seminary and Wartburg Theological Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa, specializing in understanding and ministry in the rural culture. A special course in rural ministry is offered each January in Dubuque. Application deadline is October 31. See the Academic Dean's Office if interested.
Wycliffe Summer Institute of Linguistics
Students may also receive transfer credit for Wycliffe Summer Institute of Linguistics graduate level coursework at various campuses. However, these courses count as electives or as courses for concentration in world missions and evangelism. Contact the Director of Missions Programs for more information.
Jerusalem University College
Through an arrangement with the Jerusalem University College in Jerusalem, Gordon-Conwell students may take graduate courses in Israel. The specialized curriculum offers courses in biblical languages, the archaeology, history and historical geography of Israel, early Christianity, rabbinic studies, and Islamic studies. Christian, Jewish and Arab faculty members participate in the Institute programs. Completion of six courses (18 hours) at Gordon-Conwell is a prerequisite for application to JUC.
Students who desire transfer credit should consult the registrar before enrolling in these courses.
Additional information may be obtained from the office of the registrar or by writing the United States Office of the Jerusalem University College, 4249 East State Street, Suite 203, Rockford, IL 61108-2045; 1.800.891.9408, www.juc.edu.
The seminary is supportive of students studying abroad as a way of enhancing a global perspective on theology and ministry. Faculty from Gordon-Conwell frequently teach abroad in helping to fulfill the school's mission to enrich Christ's global church. Students who desire to take classes at an international school for the transfer credit to Gordon-Conwell must receive approval from the Registration Office before enrolling.
Overseas Missions Practicum
The Overseas Missions Practicum (OMP) seeks to challenge students in the areas of servanthood, team and cross-cultural ministry, spiritual formation and global vision applied to the local church. Participants combine classroom learning with practical, hands-on, cross-cultural service. OMP fulfills two course requirements:
- WM 720: classroom lectures, discussion, group participation and media presentations serve to stimulate interaction among all participants.
- WM 721: field experience gives the theoretical its needed practical application. Here the student learns from the team, local Christians, the wider society and by serving others, which often results in lifelong lessons that are applicable to future ministries at home or abroad.
With special permission, the OMP courses may be applied toward the M.Div. requirements in missions. The student may also opt for one year of Supervised Ministry credit in place of WM 721 course credit. This opportunity is only available during the summer session projects. Contact the Director of Missions Programs for more information.