The Dokes Ministry Scholars program, an accelerated pastoral degree program, is the perfect option for high-achieving students who have felt the call to full-time ministry or theological study. After five years in this dual-degree program, you will receive a Bachelor of Arts in either biblical studies or Christian ministries from Gordon College and a Master of Divinity or Master of Arts from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Even though you will be taking courses that apply to both degrees, you will be on schedule to graduate from Gordon in four years with the rest of your undergraduate class.
This accelerated pastoral degree program enables you to enter full-time pastoral ministry two years ahead of schedule and save between $50–90k on your education. Because it is also a scholars program, you will receive a competitive scholarship from Gordon and join a tight-knit cohort of peers.
In addition to learning biblical languages, studying spiritual formation and developing a rich theological foundation for the future, you will gain entrepreneurial and business skills. Even though a church or a nonprofit may have a very different mission than most marketplace corporations, it’s increasingly important for church leaders to know how to problem-solve with limited resources, create a financially sustainable budget, reach diverse audiences through digital channels and manage people well (whether that’s through mediating conflict or building teams).
Most of our graduates will go on to become pastors, missionaries, teachers, chaplains and nonprofit founders, but there are others who will use their degree for other callings.
High school students in any grade may fill out an interest form for the Dokes Ministry Scholars program to recieve more information or to schedule a meeting with the Program Director.
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Any student who has been accepted to Gordon College is welcome to fill out the application for the Dokes Ministry Scholars program. You do not need to have deposited or finalized your college decision. Applications are due on December 15, 2021 for the first round of consideration. After that, we will continue to accept applications on a rolling basis. Interviews will be scheduled between December 16th and December 23rd, 2021. Students will be notified of a decision in early January.
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The Dokes Ministry Scholars program honors the legacy of Robert ’30 and Carol ’30 (Crews) Dokes—two Gordon theology graduates who dedicated their lives to Christian ministry and service, even in times of war and when met with great prejudice. Their lives illustrate just how rich and multi-faceted full-time ministry can be and how that call to ministry may look very different in another setting and season of life. Read their story ➔
Gordon is fortunate to have one of the top 10 American evangelical seminaries located just two and a half miles from our campus, which is no coincidence. The “Gordon” name in Gordon-Conwell comes from Gordon Divinity School, which was Gordon College’s graduate seminary program that began in the early 1930s. Later, in 1969, Mr. J. Howard Pew, Dr. Harold John Ockenga and Rev. Billy Graham united two theological schools, Gordon Divinity School and Conwell School of Theology, because they saw a need for a strong, evangelical seminary in the Northeast. Since then, the seminary has brought in students like Xiong Yan, Scott and Kimberly Hahn, and Timothy Keller, who are known for their incredible fortitude, faithfulness and leadership. Now, the seminary’s main campus in Hamilton, MA, is home to over 800 students who represent 71 denominations and 41 countries.