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Social Impact Ministries

Join God’s redemptive and restorative activity for human flourishing. Guided by the gospel’s liberating power that brings together love of God and love of neighbor, the social impact ministries track within the Christian ministries major will prepare you to be a transformative leader in the Church and society by contributing to ministries that creatively advocate for shalom—for persons, communities and society in both local and global contexts.

Pursue the social impact 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 social impact ministries?

The social impact ministries program will prepare you for a wide range of careers focused on social impact through faith-based initiatives, including:

  • Community organizing
  • Social ventures
  • Social movements
  • Entrepreneurial ventures
  • Social innovation
  • Community development

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Go the extra mile!

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. Sharon Ketcham
Department Chair

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