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About Our Campus

Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Charlotte, N.C., provides graduate theological education to more than 500 master's and doctoral degree students. One of four Gordon-Conwell campuses, it serves students primarily from the Southeast; however, Charlotte’s sought-after degree programs have also attracted students from numerous states and each major continent. 

A distinctive of the Charlotte campus is our non-traditional, non-residential format built on an adult studies model. We emphasize a "contextualized education" and partnering with the local church in preparing students for ministry.

Founded in 1992, the campus moved in 2003 to a 19-acre property and the 31,897-square-foot Frank and Morrow Graham Academic Center. The facility is named after the parents of Rev. Billy Graham and his siblings.

The campus boasts a diverse student body; highly qualified faculty; and a convenient, economical and innovative educational delivery system. Classes are offered on weekends, in the evenings and as one-week intensive courses to accommodate students already engaged in full-time ministry or other vocations.

The Charlotte campus also houses the Robert C. Cooley Center for the Study of Early Christianity, which serves as a base for research, study and scholarship, and includes the Robert C. Cooley Collection of Biblical Archaeology and Early Christianity.

Find out more about the Charlotte campus, our campaign and the new David M. Rogers Hall of Mission here.

Student Body

463 master's degree students
80% less than full-time
41 denominations
38% female
34 median age
19% minority
11 foreign countries
 

Students by Degree

Degree
# Students
% Campus
     Male     
  Female 
158
34%
78%
22%
117
25%
27%
73%
30
6%
46%
54%
30
6%
75%
25%
27
6%
70%
30%
26
5%
81%
19%
3
<1%
67%
33%
Online MAR 41 9% 73% 27%

 

The Gordon-Conwell Charlotte Vision

The Charlotte campus desires to train men and women for ministry at home and abroad and to impart to them a biblically rich and culturally sensitive vision of ministry. Foundational to all of this is unswerving fidelity to Gordon-Conwell’s Mission Statement and to its classically evangelical Basis of Faith.

The specific vision for the southeastern campuses is driven by three commitments:

1. The campus is to have a strong thrust toward the theological engagement of modern culture in its North American setting. How biblical truth relates to culture—theologically and practically—is an underlying concern in Charlotte’s education, for those serving Christ need to understand how Christian faith has been influenced by the culture as well as how it should seek to influence the culture.

2. The campus is to embrace fully the partnerships in ministry which helped launch it. This entails a concerted effort to involve the local church and local ministries in the educational experience of its students. An important aspect of the M.Div. degree at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary—Charlotte is the emphasis placed on mentored ministry and integrative seminars. In both occasions, students are engaged in theological/practical integration, which is essential for a seminary education.

3. The campus is to employ the adult model of education and expects students to take significant responsibility in the shaping of their own educational experience. The Charlotte program is designed to address the needs of students, many of whom are actively engaged in ministry. They may be full-time pastors, bivocational pastors or non-ordained staff with limited theological training. Students within a two-to-three hour radius of Charlotte will have access to quality contextualized theological education and hands-on training for parish ministry, without leaving their employment or ministry for the duration of their studies.

Statement of Mission

Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary is an educational institution serving the Lord and his Church. Its mission is to prepare men and women for ministry at home and abroad. The seminary undertakes this task as a training partner with the Church so that what is learned on campus may be complemented by the spiritual nurture and the exercise of ministry available through our mentoring programs in the Church. Those who work and study at Gordon-Conwell are united in the common belief that the abiding truth of God’s written Word and the centrality of Christ’s saving work are foundational to the seminary’s mission. These principles structure the seminary’s life and values, inform its curriculum and activities, and determine the evangelical perspective in which it sees its responsibilities in preparing students for ministry in the modern world.

Gordon-Conwell’s mission arises out of God’s redemptive work in this world effected in Jesus Christ, understood through the biblical Word and mediated by the Holy Spirit. As a theological seminary, it provides learning, resources and training through which men and women may acquire knowledge, gain skills and develop attitudes needed in Christ’s ministry.

The Gordon-Conwell Charlotte Mission

Article 1

To encourage students to become knowledgeable in God’s inerrant Word and competent in its interpretation, proclamation and application in the contemporary world. Because the teaching of God’s Word is indispensable to the well-being and vitality of God’s people, the seminary has a fundamental responsibility to encourage in students a love for Scripture. It is to teach exegetical skills by which they will be enabled to interpret the Word and inculcate understanding by which they will be able to apply it effectively.

Article 2

To maintain academic excellence, in the highest tradition of Christian scholarship in the teaching of the biblical, historical and theological disciplines. Theological education, which is properly done within and for the Church, ought to function with rigor and academic integrity. The seminary, therefore, must provide an environment within which teaching and learning can best occur and encourage high levels of scholarly competence and research in its faculty.

Article 3

To train and encourage students, in cooperation with the Church, to become skilled in ministry. The Church and the seminary share the goal of seeing knowledge, skills and attitudes integrated in the person who ministers. Both in traditional degree programs and in continuing education a combination of careful training and supervised experience in ministry are educational practices essential to achieving that goal.

Article 4

To cultivate in partnership with the churches, spiritual maturity in students so that their love for God in Christ is evidenced in Christ-like character, outlook, conduct, relationships and involvement in Church and society. Academic learning that honors God and serves his people must cultivate a growing life of biblical discipleship and intimacy with Christ. Such spirituality is to be expressed cognitively, relationally and socially. It is to be translated into action, God’s people embodying his compassion, declaring his justice and articulating his truth in society.

Article 5

To provide leadership and educational resources for shaping an effective evangelical presence and Christian worldview in Church and society. Gordon-Conwell’s academic and institutional resources are to be put in the service of the Christian community to provide careful research on and informed understanding of critical issues, as well as in exercising leadership in learned societies, in movements of renewal and reform, and in a variety of off-campus ministries in order to develop a more informed understanding of what the lordship of Christ means in our contemporary world.

Article 6

To develop in students a vision for God’s redemptive work throughout the world and to formulate strategies that will lead to effective missions, evangelism, discipleship and expressions of love for one’s neighbor through ministries of compassion and social justice. The central mission of the triune God is the creation of a fellowship of men and women who are mature in Christ and who will love and serve him forever. This mission is realized evangelistically through the proclamation of the biblical gospel by those who embody the message they proclaim, who seek to make disciples from among all peoples, and who work for a more just and compassionate social order.

Community Life Statement

We affirm that the scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are the ultimate guide or our values, attitudes and behaviors in all relationships.

We will seek to foster the development of spiritual maturity through maintaining a personal devotional life and through participating in community worship and prayer.

We will seek to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace, and in gentleness, patience and humility, accept one another in love.

We will seek to encourage one another to mature in Christ-likeness through attempting to speak the truth in love in the classrooms, in business affairs, in social relationships and in all other areas of our common life.

We will seek to encourage unity in families through responsible relationships. We will seek to respect and encourage our uniqueness in Christ, which includes our diversity of denomination, race, culture, personality, experience, gifts and goals. We will seek to become involved individually and corporately with the Church in ministering to spiritual and social needs within and beyond our own community.

We renounce attitudes such as greed, jealousy, false pride, lust, bitterness, hostility, an unforgiving spirit and prejudice such as that based on race, sex, and academic or socioeconomic status.

We renounce behaviors such as distortion of God’s Word, deception, false hood, drunkeness, stealing, and sexual immorality such as pre-marital intercourse, adultery and homosexual behavior.

We believe where conflict or sin occurs in the Gordon-Conwell community, a biblical process such as stated in Matthew 18:15-20 should be followed to seek correction, forgiveness, restitution and reconciliation.

We will seek to practice an attitude of mutual submission according to the mind of Christ, recognizing that at times our personal rights and preferences must be put aside for the sake of others’ conscience and the good of the community.

We will seek to encourage the cultivation of such spiritual attitudes as love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.