Gordon's Victory Promise is to offer students the ability by graduation to complete at least one foundational opportunity in each of the four pillars of Gordon’s mission: intellectual maturity, Christian character, lives of service and leadership worldwide.
Victory isn’t about winning; it’s about finishing well. In the waning moments of his life on the night of February 1, 1895, Adoniram Judson Gordon—pastor, visionary and founder of the college that bears his name—was tended by family and members of his congregation. During the course of the evening, one of his physicians asked him, “Dr. Gordon, do you have a good word for us tonight?” With a clear voice that belied his fading strength, Gordon replied: “Victory.” It was his last word—and it serves as an inspiring legacy for the College. The sum of a Christian’s life is measured in more than career success and temporal standards of accomplishment. To that end, Gordon College is committed to helping students discover how to lead their lives with purpose, worthy of the unique call God has inspired in them. That, in the words of our founder, is victory. And it’s our promise to students.
At Gordon, a thoughtful biblical context supports a robust liberal arts education and allows for rigorous learning, critical engagement with ideas, and respect for those whose views differ. As iron sharpens iron, a student’s intellectual mettle is tested through engagement, investigation and application.
Education is transformation, and at Gordon, we take it personally. Intentional programming through Chapel and Convocation, close connections with faculty, small classes, shared meals, communal worship—these are just some of the ways we facilitate spiritual formation in the lives of students.
In the words of A. J. Gordon, “Service overflows from us.” As an institution, Gordon values the importance of being a good neighbor—locally and globally—and facilitates dozens of annual service and mission opportunities for students.
Gordon recognizes that every student has the capacity to lead—not necessarily through power and position—but by example. Students are prepared for positions of responsibility as a natural extension of their commitment to service and excellence, which are hallmarks of lasting success.