GCI Korea - Gordon-Conwell Institute

Content ≠ Competency

Are You Looking for More than Content?

Are you looking for more conversation … more context …
more clarity … more comradery?

GCI Ministry Competency Program

Our competency-based approach provides a one-year, interactive experience designed to complement and enhance your theological education through small cohorts of 24–30 people.

  • Participate in both virtual and in-person communal learning opportunities with world-renowned scholars
  • Engage with GCI advisors and mentors in small, local communities of practice
  • Competency-based training and discussion
  • Enjoy the space, resources, and camaraderie needed to enrich your ministry journey
  • Capstone project

“For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

—2 Peter 1:5-8 (niv)

Learning Team

Program Instructors

Thought leaders from North America are curated exclusively for your context and made accessible through GCI’s Korean program.

Dr. Scott Sunquist

President of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary,
Professor of Missiology

Dr. Eun Ah Cho

Dean of Gordon-Conwell Institute,
Professor of Intercultural Studies

Dr. Dave Currie

Dean of the Doctor
of Ministry Program,
Professor of Pastoral Theology

Dr. Jeffrey Arthurs

Haddon Robinson
Chair of Preaching & Communication, Professor of Preaching

Program Advisors

Rev. Jungmin Cho

Rev. Ki Sung Yoo

Minyoung Jung

Our Program Advisors (PAs) will ensure that you have access to wisdom & guidance specific to your context. To achieve this, PAs will:

  • Support GCI: Provide two-way communication with GCI to uphold the objectives of the course and communicate the ministerial contexts in which these are applied.
  • Support Program Mentors: Offer guidance in their assessment and feedback.
  • Support You: Facilitate cohort and group meetings, offering feedback and guidance on your development across the program.

Program Mentors

Our Program Mentors (PMs) also ensure you have access to wisdom & guidance specific to your ministry context. To achieve this, PMs will:

  • Lead discussions on specific content and skills each quarter.
  • Assist you in identifying the pros and cons of your individual learning style and approach.
  • Provide timely and meaningful feedback to you, including ideas to improve your work and suggestions to adapt your approach to learning in the future based on your development through the program.
  • Assess your progress through the program and progress toward mastery of specific competencies.

Pastor Haseok Jun

Pastor Jinsung Seok

Pastor Yunsoo Park

Program Director

The Program Director will be your the first point of contact and will be responsible for maximizing your learning experience. To achieve this, he will:

  • Provide you with the administrative services.

  • Ensure that you have access to the learning materials and resources.

  • Conduct a pre- and post-assessment of your experience of the program.

  • Provide quarterly training and organization of program advisors and mentors. 

Dr. Sung Geol Chun

One-Year Program

15 Hours

Self-directed Study with Gordon-Conwell Faculty

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Each quarter, you will learn with Gordon-Conwell Faculty who will help you grow in . . .

  • Strategic formation by focusing on life-long learning and growth, enabling you to become more effective at crossing communities and cultures with informed awareness and a collaborative posture.
  • Ministerial formation by focusing on Christ-centered preaching, communication, and administration, enabling you to become more effective in multiplying leaders and communities.
  • Spiritual formation by focusing on intimacy with God, enabling you to deepen intimacy in all relationships and become more reflective and Christ-centered.

For this learning to be enriched, GCI will have self-directed learning materials broken into 8 sessions for you.

Coming Soon
Want to sample a session? Soon you will be able to check out a competency-based preaching course with Dr. Pat Batten.

10 Hours

Communal Learning with GCI Korean Advisor

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Each quarter, you will have an in-person communal learning opportunity facilitated by a trusted expert. This 1.5 day of communal learning is designed to provide you with a community of practitioners with whom you can forge long-lasting relationships and partnerships. You will not only interact with and learn from an expert but also add your expertise to help problem-solve and create new innovative ideas with peers in a dynamic and trusting learning community. You will lock into a unique opportunity to contextualize principles learned and apply Biblical truth in your peer mentor groups.  

We need you to be a part of this vibrant network of Kingdom leaders!

10 Hours


Learn More

Each quarter, you will be given a suggested reading list which will help you deepen your understanding of the subject matter. In addition, transcriptions of each Gordon-Conwell Faculty session will be provided both in English and Korean for your future reference.

15 Hours

Mentor Interactions

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Each quarter, a program mentor will provide you with the time, resources, and comradery needed to enrich your journey in this program. The cohort will be divided into two groups with a mentor assigned for each, and the mentor will walk with you individually as you reflect upon and self-assess your learning, provide mentor feedback, and help you achieve the desired competency development.  These mentor interactions will nurture you to continue your formation beyond the parameters of formal education.

Capstone Project

The Capstone Project provides time and space for you to pilot competencies pursued and measured in this program in a way that is meaningful to your unique, God-given responsibilities. The pilot plan— and its execution—will be reflected communally with peers and mentors in the final in-person communal learning for it to be further adjusted. The Capstone Project will thus help you to embed the rhythm of “Pursuing, Reflecting, and Adjusting” competencies so that they can be possessed in increasing measure for the church to flourish in the gospel.  



Tuition: $6,000

Are You Ready for More?

Open to Leaders with 3+ Years of Ministry Experience.

Application Deadline: July 31, 2024


What is the program schedule?

Program Schedule for 2024:

  • January 29-30, 2024: In-person gathering in Seoul
  • April 29-30, 2024: In-person gathering in Seoul
  • June 24-25, 2024: Zoom gathering

What are the application requirements?

The program is open to leaders with 3+ years of ministry experience.

The application includes:

  1. Application form
  2. Personal statement (1–2 pages, in Korean)
  3. One recommendation letter (in Korean)

Have Questions?

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to our team with any questions you have about this exciting opportunity through Gordon-Conwell Institute.

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About GCI

A global, Christian learning community and incubator of new ideas for God’s missionary people, Gordon-Conwell Institute (GCI) is part of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, a leading theological seminary in North America. GCI helps the church flourish in the gospel by providing strength and renewal for those who are new to their missionary calling as well those who are long-established.