“Pastoring” can occur in a variety of ways—at its foundation, it involves caring for God’s people and walking alongside them in their Christian formation. The pastoral ministries track will equip you to minister to the needs of the church and communicate the gospel in contextually appropriate ways. You will learn how to lead congregational ministries in living out God’s Word on a daily basis, and in conveying the good news of the Christian faith to a world in need of hope.
Pursue the pastoral ministries track as a part of your Christian ministries major, or as a minor alongside a different major.
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.
The pastoral ministries program will prepare you for a wide range of vocations, including:
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).
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: