Supporting Children's & Youth Ministry Leaders

Be Further Equipped After the Orange Conference

“I have no greater joy than to hear
that my children are walking in the truth.”

3 John 1:4

Whether God has called you to children, youth, or family ministry, Gordon-Conwell can equip you. Our programs prepare women and men with a deeper understanding of biblical studies and theology, spiritual formation, and practical skills that will help you teach and lead the rising generations of the church. We offer courses, graduate certificates, and degree programs on 4 campuses and online that will empower you to lead your ministry to greater health and flourishing.

Our Programs Meet. Dr. Virginia Ward Resources

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Online Summer Courses
You don’t need to be enrolled in a degree program to join an online course this summer.

Graduate Certificates
Get a taste for seminary through our graduate certificates, or deepen your knowledge of specific areas of study.

Degree Programs
Explore our master’s degrees and doctoral programs that are available on 4 campus, online, and hybrid.

Meet Orange Speaker & Gordon-Conwell Dean, Dr. Ward

Dr. Virginia Ward serves as the Dean of the Boston Campus and Assistant Professor of Youth Ministry and Leadership. She has extensive experience as an urban pastor, ministry organizer, and youth ministry expert. After studying Management at Northeastern and Harvard, she earned her Diploma in Urban Ministries, Master of Arts in Youth Ministry, and Doctor of Ministry in Emerging Generations, all at Gordon-Conwell.

A third-generation minister, Rev. Ward is an Associate Pastor at Abundant Life Church where her husband Bishop Larry Ward is the Senior Pastor. Dr. Ward has also served in many organizations, including DeVos Urban Leadership Initiative, Black Ministerial Alliance, InterVarsity, and Orange (Keynote Speaker and Workshop Leader).

Getting Started: Resources for your Ministry

It’s Personal: 5 Questions You Should Answer to Give Every Kid Hope
Explore how Jesus’ example shows us how to personally engage kids and teenagers to give them a renewed sense of identity, belonging, and purpose in It’s Personal, co-written by Dr. Ward.

Seminary Snippets
Hear about Dr. Ward’s class “Effective Relationships: Healing and Growth in Youth Ministry” and how this course will prepare help and family ministers prepare for ministry in a variety of contexts.

Why Seminary for Youth Ministry?
Learn more about how pursuing an MDiv will prepare you for youth ministry and why it’s worth pursuing a seminary degree as you prepare for your call to serve God’s children.

Youth and Family Ministry Books from Gordon-Conwell Alumni & Faculty


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