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Global Christianity

Gordon has a legacy of preparing the people of God for the work of God worldwide. Through the global Christianity track, you will examine the biblical foundations of Christian missions, evaluate the people and movements that have accelerated—and hampered—the spread of the gospel, and learn about the greatest issues facing the global church. You will also deepen your understanding of non-Western cultures and diverse worldviews through encountering other world religions, as well as through field experience in cross-cultural ministry contexts.

Pursue the global Christianity track as a part of your Christian ministries major, or as a minor alongside a different major. 

Why study Christian ministries at Gordon?

Gordon’s Christian ministries faculty are committed to ensuring that you not only study about ministry during your time at Gordon, but that you engage in ministry throughout your college career in preparation for lifelong Christian service. For that reason, all Christian ministries majors complete a 400-hour practicum. And our location in historic Greater Boston opens doors for hands-on experience in unique church and para-church contexts. 

What careers can I pursue in global Christianity?

The global Christianity program will prepare you for a wide range of vocations, including:

  • Missionary
  • Humanitarian social services
  • Human rights ministries
  • Missions team leader

Gordon College Career Services ➔


Rachel Lopez

Rachel Lopez ’06

Missionary, World Outreach Ministries, Belize

"I came to Belize as a student intern, fulfilling the practicum requirement for my ministry major. During my internship I spoke with the Ministry of Human Development and Social Services and discovered their need for a girls' home. It's been wonderful to share Christ's love with girls who have been abandoned, giving them an alternative option for how to live their lives. My studies at Gordon continue to prepare and confirm my passion to work with at-risk girls. Every class I took gave me increased knowledge on how to work with and teach at-risk youth." Hear from others ➔


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Don’t wait until your practicum to begin serving in a local ministry—your classes and assignments will become more relevant and meaningful if you are involved in ministry while learning about its theoretical, philosophical, biblical and theological foundations. Nearly every Christian ministries student is involved in ministry from the time they arrive at Gordon. Join one of Gordon’s many community outreach teams, which include the Kids Club (an after-school tutoring program in downtown Lynn) and the Homeless Ministry (a group that serves the homeless community in nearby Revere every Saturday). 

Global Opportunities

Enlarge your vision of the world that you are preparing to serve, and deepen your understanding of the global church, by studying abroad or participating in a mission trip or international internship:

Related Programs

You are encouraged to expand your competency in ministry by adding a theology minor, or a double major in biblical studies or another major that draws your curiosity.


For more information, contact:

Dr. Mark W. Cannister
Chair, Department of Biblical Studies and Christian Ministries

Or request more information about Gordon ➔