The city of Boston is the fourth oldest (1630) and best known of the Puritan cities of the 17th century’s “great migration.” The capital of Massachusetts, it was once described as the “Athens of America” and has earned its nickname as “the Hub.” In addition to its rich American history spanning nearly four centuries, over 250,000 students now annually call Boston home. Ninety-four colleges and universities are located in Massachusetts—many of them in Boston—including the nation’s oldest (Harvard) and some of the youngest (Northeastern). Thousands of tourists visit Boston every year to take advantage of the rich history of the area, walk the "freedom trail," run the marathon, sing with the Boston Pops Orchestra on the 4th of July, rub the foot on John Harvard's statue, and eat the world's best seafood.
But what is less apparent about Boston is the rich diversity of its 20-plus distinct neighborhoods, the accessibility of the city's transportation system, the mix of poverty and riches and the vibrant growth of the church-particularly in the small, ethnic storefront gatherings and the new emerging city-center intentional communities.
The central offices and classrooms for Gordon IN Boston are located in the "South End" area of downtown Boston—just a few blocks away from where Gordon College originated in 1889. Gordon IN Boston partners with the Emmanuel Gospel Center, a national organizational model of support services, research and para-church ministry incubation for the city of Boston. In addition to offering office, classroom, library and lounge space, EGC's staff of over 30 professionals help to mentor students, supervise internships and lecture as special guests in the courses.
Part of the “co-curriculum” of the Gordon IN Boston program is to help students experience the transition in their lives from the world of campus community to the world of work and professional community.
In residence groups students decide how meals and food purchases will happen and how to spend the weekly budget for common meals. Normally, the group will eat two common meals together each week, or may decide to eat at a local restaurant on a regular basis. Students are billed ONLY for the cost of common meals ($590/semester). Individual students will have financial responsibility for the purchase of their other daily food choices—allowing broad latitude for food allergies and personal preferences.
Houses may choose to fast together on certain days and give that portion of the food budget to a local charity. Some have intentionally used the food budget to invite neighbors and friends to the table, or to serve at a local food program for the homeless.
Alll participants are given monthly passes for the public transportation system known as the MBTA—or “T” for short. These T-passes cover all transportation needs within a broad area of greater Boston and include subway, busses and water taxis—helping students get to internships and courses in the city. Except in extraordinary situations, students are prohibited from having personal cars. Van transportation to the main Gordon campus in Wenham, MA (20-minute drive) may be coordinated for students whose schedules may require them to take a course there.
Students also receive a membership to a local gym or YMCA facility. In addition, students in the program have access to the physical and mental health systems of the main campus for medical evaluation, counseling or other health issues. Transportation to the main campus will be arranged if needed.
GIB Handbook (PDF)