This seminar has changed my life. It has prompted new thinking, new interests, new relationships, new concerns; it has given me the courage to take on a new major. It has opened my mind and my heart in ways I never would have dreamed of. Each component of the seminar has had different, yet equal value to me. The books we read first semester gave a wonderful and strong foundation, the internship allowed me to concretely pursue some hopes and interests, and the second semester equipped me with deeper self-knowledge and greater concern for issues in the world. The journey this course has taken me on has been challenging, frustrating, life-giving, eye-opening, and wonderful.
The best way I can describe my experience in the Elijah Project is like a crash course on how to become more human. The things we've read and discussed have encouraged me to look at the world in new ways, and to think about what it truly means to live a significant life in community with others. The internship experience was incredible. I spent seven weeks in Nicaragua and learned more about myself, others and the world than I ever could have imagined. If you feel like there's more to this whole college thing than just learning stuff so you can get a good job, I strongly recommend looking in to the Elijah Project. It has expanded my views of purpose, calling, and significance in this crazy world, and given me hope that we really can make a difference.
The Elijah Project will ultimately lead you to ask, "What is going on in the world? Who has God made me?" and, "How ought I live in response to everything I know and have been given?"
I can't think of a better way to spend a year of your life than to ask these questions alongside like-minded peers under the direction of Greg and Laura Carmer. You'll learn new frameworks and vocabularies to understand what it means to live as an authentic individual in a complex world. EP is at once highly philosophical and highly practical. My education at Gordon would be incomplete without this classroom-internship-community living experience.
“The Elijah Project is easily the most influential and shaping thing I've been a part of at Gordon. The classes, internship, and intentional community in Dexter have been crafted to work together to make the experience well-rounded and complete, and they do just that. Thoughtful classroom discussion shaped a new way of thinking about the world and about work. My summer internship allowed me to take that thinking and see how it applied to real life in a professional setting. Finally, the community in Dexter quickly became family, and the relationships I've made in the Elijah Project are grounded on a firm foundation of like thinking and mutual respect for one another. I'd highly encourage anyone considering applying to go for it. The Elijah Project is one of Gordon's hidden gems.”
The Elijah Project program has provided me the priceless opportunity to intentionally slow down the busy college life and carefully ask the tough questions: “Why am I doing this?” and, “How can I serve God through what I do?” The program is wonderfully designed to help you connect what you believe with what you do, and there is nothing better than applying the gifts God has given into everyday thought and action!
The program is not about finding a specific answer to the question “What should I do with the rest of my life?” It is about being a part of a community of people who look at the mess of this world and ask, "How do I respond?" as an individual and, "How do we respond?" as a community.
The Elijah Project has changed my life. There's really no simpler way to put it. For my internship I spent two months working as an intern at a music studio in Tennessee. This experience paired with class conversations and readings has transformed my life. My favorite part about the program has been the community formed amongst my classmates as we all wrestle through the big questions: "Who am I? What do I love? And how can I help?"
Being in the Elijah Project has been the highlight of my Gordon experience. EP has taught me to think deeply about my role in society and the true meaning of vocation and calling. EP is one of Gordon’s hidden treasures and if you value community and thinking deeply with your peers, this is the perfect program for you to get involved in!