New Student Orientation

On-Campus New Student Orientation

During our On-Campus New Student Orientation, you’ll begin forming your seminary community. You’ll have the chance to meet with your degree advisors, share worship and lunch with current students, faculty, and friends of the seminary. You’ll also have the opportunity to meet registration and administrative support staff.

This year, we are excited to welcome our distance students to virtually join New Student Orientation through Digital Live, our video conferencing format. When you RSVP for New Student Orientation, please be sure to indicate how you will attend: live or virtual. Virtual attendees will receive a meeting link prior to the event, and will be able to join most sessions during the day.

If you cannot attend the on-campus event, or if you live more than two hours' driving distance from the Charlotte campus, you are invited to join us via Digital Live. Just indicate your attendance method on the RSVP form!

Please check back for information about the next New Student Orientation.

Pig Pickin’ Lunch

Students joining us on-campus will enjoy Southern-style BBQ and fellowship with other students, faculty, and friends of the seminary. If you are entering the Partnership Program, you will receive your training during lunch with Erica Giovanello, Director of Partnership Program.

Students joining us via Digital Live who are entering the Partnership Program will receive training from Erica Giovanello, Director of Partnership Program.

Klipowicz Integrative Event

In honor of our recently-retired ministry professor Dr. Steve Klipowicz, Gordon-Conwell—Charlotte conducts four annual conferences called Klipowicz Integrative Events. All Charlotte campus students are required to attend one event per semester in which they are enrolled.

To kick off the 2017-18 academic year, the Center for the Development of Evangelical Leadership hosted a leadership conference: “How to Hold Up and Not Fold Up When Ministry Gets Hard.” The speakers included two of Charlotte’s own faculty members:

  • Dr. Jim Singleton, Associate Professor of Pastoral Leadership and Evangelism: “Why Leadership is So Hard in This Church Culture”
  • Dr. Rodney Cooper, Kenneth and Jean Hanson Professor of Leadership and Director of the Center for the Development of Evangelical Leadership: “Staying Fresh When Ministry Goes Dry”

Students who were unable to attend the event in person or virtually may visit Gordon-Conwell-Charlotte's YouTube page to watch a recording of the seminar. To receive credit for the August 26, 2017 Klipowicz event, please complete the Klipowicz Integrative Event Evaluation.

The next Klipowicz Integrative Event is our Cooley Lectures, on Tuesday, Nov. 7, from 7 pm - 9 pm. Dr. Donald FairbairnAcademic Dean, Charlotte Campus, Robert E. Cooley Professor of Early Christianity, will present his lecture entitled From the Shema to the Nicene Creed: The Role of Creeds in the Articulation of Christian Orthodoxy.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email