Education in the Christian liberal arts tradition is interested not only in academic competence but also in the spiritual formation. The Chapel Office at Gordon College provides various programs to support students in their spiritual growth and encourage full-life discipleship to Jesus. They include corporate worship services, spiritual-life groups, mentoring relationships and service-learning and mission trips and pastoral counseling.
As followers of Christ we recognize our calling and privilege to gather for corporate worship: to express to God our dependence, gratitude and adoration, to hear and respond to the Word of God, and to grow in our understanding of the Christian faith. Chapel services provide occasions to honor God, glorify Christ, and reflect upon our relationship to God as Creator, Sustainer, and Redeemer. Along with instruction in the basic tenets of the Christian faith, the Chapel program fosters spiritual growth through teaching, exhortation, and the observance of spiritual disciplines.
As a multi-denominational, liberal arts institution, Gordon College draws students, staff and faculty from several Christian traditions. The Chapel program strives to acquaint students with a wide range of worship practices. It is our hope that during their time at Gordon students will gain a greater understanding of the traditions and distinctions of numerous Christian denominations. Services will at times display some of the characteristics of contemporary evangelicalism, but they will also reflect the rich heritage of the church over the past two millennia. We trust that students will gain an appreciation for that heritage, especially its great creeds, its cherished hymns and liturgies, and the major events of the church year. In addition to celebrating the achievements and mourning the losses of our community, the chapel program also offers an opportunity to be hear from others who’s lives of following Jesus provide models worthy of imitation.
Statement of Faith
|Current Chapel Theme:
Love Your Neighbor
"As a busy student running from one place to the next, chapel gives me a chance to stop and listen. I have the opportunity to listen to a variety of speakers who desire to teach and encourage spiritual and personal growth. I get to do this listening with my friends and professors—that is exciting to me."
Alyssa Baker '12
"I am forever grateful for the quality of Christian guests that travel to Gordon to share with the student body. Not only do they have faith worthy of emulating, they are also easy to connect with. I count it an amazing blessing that I have been able to connect with multiple speakers that have helped shape my understanding of living out the Christian faith after college. I am still in close contact with a pastor from Detroit who came to speak at a chapel service during my Freshman Year. Since that talk,I have visited him with fellow students on a mission trip and have interned for him last summer. I did not realize how impactful a single chapel service could be for my spiritual formation."
Brandon Inkles, '13