Center for Disciple Building - Pierce Center for Discipleship


By God’s grace and for His glory, we long to see Gordon-Conwell living joyfully as a community of Christ-centered, Holy Spirit-empowered disciple-builders.


Within the context of a loving Christian community, we invite one another to prioritize life-long intimacy with Jesus Christ while developing as incarnational disciple-builders.

Strategic Focus

It is understood that disciple-building is an intentional, Holy Spirit empowered, biblically-based and prayerful transformational process which Gordon-Conwell desires all students to experience as they become more like Christ and prepare to lead others in Christian discipleship and spiritual formation.

We will strive to fulfill our vision and mission through the following ministry priorities:

  • To encourage Gordon-Conwell students to engage in intentional spiritual formation:  increasing in intimacy with Jesus Christ and maturing in Christ-like character and conduct in the context of a loving Christian community (e.g. through habits of the heart/spiritual disciplines of the Word, prayer and reflection; one-to-one discipling relationships; retreats; etc.)
  • To equip Gordon-Conwell students to invite others into the biblical, prayerful, transformational disciple-building process (e.g. through Soul Care Groups; Soul Sabbaths; retreats; training events; practical resources, etc.)
  • To explore creative and biblical approaches to stimulate disciple-building among the wider body of Christ (e.g. through scholarly inquiry and prayerful dialogue which sharpens the mind, deepens the soul, and prepares the leader for greater effectiveness in ministry)

Pierce Fellowship

The Pierce Fellowship is available to select incoming and returning students who have demonstrated experience and ongoing commitment to disciple-building and spiritual formation.


Need some resources in the areas of disciple-building and spiritual formation.  Here is a compilation of valuable resources from Leadership Transformations.

The Pierce Team

Meet our staff and the members of the Pierce Fellowship.

John and Lois Pierce

The Pierce Center was founded through the vision and generous sponsorship of John and Lois Pierce.