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Outdoor Education Ministries

Do you enjoy working with people? Do you love the outdoors? Studying outdoor education ministries will prepare you to channel both interests into ministry. Through our cooperative curriculum with the LaVida Center for Outdoor Education and Leadership you will develop your outdoor leadership skills and deepen your understanding of the value of outdoor experiences for spiritual formation as well as the historical, cultural, and environmental dimensions of the wilderness. 

Pursue the outdoor education ministries 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 outdoor education ministries?

The outdoor education ministries program will prepare you for a wide range of vocations, including:

  • Outdoor ministry director
  • Christian camp director
  • Wilderness ministry specialist
  • Recreation minister

Learn more about jobs and internships ➔


Christyn Herr

Christyn Herr ’16

Resident Director and Program Assistant, Gordon College W.I.L.D. Semester

"I am deeply grateful for the many ways in which Gordon shaped and prepared me to strive to serve the world as a thinking citizen of the Kingdom. During my time there, Gordon re-awakened my love for learning. It particularly opened my eyes to the immense beauty within scripture and theology and the extent to which intentional study enriches the global community of the Church." Hear from others ➔


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:


For more information, contact:

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