Welcome to Student Life Services! Gordon-Conwell is a school where community life is taken seriously. It is acknowledged that development is an integral part of preparation for ministry, and this development involves the many dimensions of human personality. Furthermore, this time of preparation is best understood as a period when relationships are emphasized, and the sharing of life’s moments, insights, and substance is encouraged.
All of the aspects of community life are drawn from the basic conviction that God created us to live together; that Christ died and rose again so that we could live together; that our Lord will return to receive all of the ‘household of faith’ to live together forever; and that Scripture has been given to the human as the ultimate authority and guide for all of our living. The Community Life Statement serves as the guide for our life together.
The philosophy of Student Life Services is that student development is an integral part of preparation for ministry, and this development involves the many dimensions of human personality. The SLS office operates from the premise that growth and development are shaped by a student’s surroundings and that a valuable part of the Seminary learning experience is spent outside the classroom. As Student Life Services staff, we strive to create, direct, and support environments and programs, which complement classroom learning and provide opportunities where students can learn how to live productive lives for the sake of advancing Christ’s Kingdom. We serve, encourage, and nurture students in Christian community. Our approach is proactive and cooperative, with an emphasis on understanding our student constituency, anticipating their needs, and responding in a timely and constructive fashion. Integral to our efforts will be the ongoing evaluation and assessment of policies and procedures, which will seek to remove barriers that unnecessarily obstruct students’ educational progress and personal development.
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary is a diverse community that reflects cultures present within the United States and across the globe. Because we affirm Christ-centered unity (1 Cor. 1:10), we seek to develop our cultural intelligence—our capacity to effectively relate to each other cross-culturally with truth and love. We want to become students of the cultures and histories present within our learning and ministerial communities and to be a place where differences are valued in meaningful and respectful ways. Should there be exchanges where cultural sensitivity is not present, we invite participants to have a conversation about the offense and ask the offender to engage in further learning to better understand. We pray and work towards peacemaking and reconciliation (2 Cor. 5), as well as justice and hospitality (Is. 1:17, Micah 6:8, Zech. 7:9, Col. 3:1-17). In this manner we can serve not only for but also with those with different backgrounds for the sake of God’s mission in the world.
The Office of Student Life Services is located in Room Kerr 318. Our hours are Monday-Friday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. The Student Life Office is closed during the Chapel hour on Wednesdays from 11:00 am-12:00 noon.
Our contact number is (978) 646-4071. You also may email Jana Holiday, Dean of Student Life Services, at [email protected].
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Lost something? or Found something? Come to the Student Life Services office in Kerr 318. Please do not bring any clothing, food, or drink.
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