2016 Fall Pastors' Forum Series: Connecting with Christ and Culture

Pastors' Forums provide an opportunity for you to be enriched, encouraged, and challenged on a wide variety of topics relevant to ministry by various speakers. These one-day seminars occur throughout the spring and fall semesters at Gordon-Conwell and are open not only to pastors, but to anyone interested in the presented topics.


Registration is open for the Fall 2016 Pastors' Forum Series! Check our Online Store for updates about seminar recordings.

 November 9 - James Choung  |    October 18 - Zack Eswine 

Registration  |  Seminar Details

November 9, 2016 | Sharing the Gospel in an Increasingly Unchurched Culture

Speaker: James Choung

Do we present a Gospel that's too small? When our Gospel is only focused on the after-life, today's unchurched may find our message irrelevant and possibly intolerant. In this seminar, discover a clear, field-tested way to present a larger vision of the Gospel that not only connects with friends who live in an increasing unchurched culture, but also truly feels like good news to all. 

Sessions include:

  1. Spiritual Questions of Each Generation
  2. Communicating the Need for Jesus Today
  3. The Five Thresholds of Postmodern Conversion
  4. Word, Deed and Power in Witness

James Choung has been in campus ministry for over 21 years, empowering rising generations of Kingdom world-changers. He currently serves as InterVarsity’s national director of evangelism, and is ordained with the Association of Vineyard Churches. He has written True Story: A Christianity Worth Believing In and its follow-up, Real Life: A Christianity Worth Living Out, and he has taught at Bethel Seminary San Diego on culture, leadership development and evangelism. He speaks frequently at campuses, churches, and conferences, and his work has been featured in many publications including Christianity Today, Leadership Journal, and Outreach Magazine.

James has also sat in too many classes, writing his D. Min. dissertation on postmodern leadership development at Fuller Theological Seminary, receiving his M. Div. from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and studying management science and marketing at MIT. He has previously served on the pastoral staff of a Boston-area urban church plant, of a megachurch in Seoul, and of a house church in Los Angeles. He has also led worship at national conferences, and has been on boards for higher education and an overseas business startup. For fun, he likes to travel with his wife, tease his two sons, spoil his daughter, bask in Los Angeles’ endless summer, and swing a racket in hopes of playing something like tennis. He tweets at @jameschoung, and blogs irregularly at www.jameschoung.net.

Schedule for November 9 Seminar with James Choung

Location: Alumni Hall located in the Kerr Building at South Hamilton Campus of Gordon-Conwell

8:30 a.m. Registration/Check-In
9:30 a.m. Session 1: Spiritual Questions of Each Generation
10:30 a.m. Break (Sponsored by the D.Min. Program)
11:00 a.m. Session 2Communicating the Need for Jesus Today
12:00 p.m. Lunch
1:15 p.m. Session 3: The Five Thresholds of Postmodern Conversion
2:15 p.m. Break
2:30 p.m. Session 4: Word, Deed and Power in Witness

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October 18, 2016 | Pastoral Ministry as an Apprenticeship with Jesus 
Speaker: Zack Eswine

This seminar invites current and future clergy to see their pastoral vocation as an intimate walk with Jesus. Through this Christ-centered lens, we explore practices for the pastor's soul and the pastor's work.

Sessions include:

  1. Follow Me: The Pastor's Calling
  2. Don't Tell Anyone: The Pastor's Invisibility
  3. What do you Want from Me? The Pastor's Desires and Ambitions
  4. You have heard it said, but I say to you: The Pastor's Ministry of the Word

Zack Eswine (Ph.D.) serves as pastor for Riverside Church and Director of Homiletics for Covenant Theological Seminary in Saint Louis Missouri. Zack has written several books including, The Imperfect Pastor which received Christianity Today’s Book of the Year Award in the category of pastoral ministry/church leadership 2016. His book Preaching to a Post-Everything World received Preaching Today’s book of the year 2008. Zack, his wife Jessica, and kids Nathan, Abigail and Caleb cultivate life together in Webster Groves Missouri.  

For more on Zack, visit his website

Schedule for October 18 Seminar with Zack Eswine

Location: Alumni Hall, Gordon-Conwell Hamilton Campus (except Session 2, which will be held in the Kaiser Chapel)

8:30 a.m. Registration/Check-In
9:30 a.m. Session 1: Follow Me: The Pastors' Calling
10:30 a.m. Break (Sponsored by the D.Min. Program)
11:10 a.m. Session 2 [Coincides with GCTS Community Chapel]: Don't Tell Anyone: The Pastor's Invisibility
12:00 p.m. Lunch
1:15 p.m. Session 3: What do you Want from Me? The Pastor's Desires and Ambitions
2:15 p.m. Break
2:30 p.m. Session 4: You have heard it said, but I say to you: The Pastor's Ministry of the Word

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Please note rate expiration and cancellation under seminar details. For any questions regarding registration, contact us via email or call (800) 294-2774. Special rates for the Gordon-Conwell Community are available. 


Seminar Details for Spring Pastors' Forum Series

Please note that the following is general information for our Pastors' Forums. Prices and locations may change depending on the event. Please contact us at (800) 294-2774 for more information.


The cost for the seminar includes registration, handouts, snacks, and lunch. The cost per individual for the seminar is $45, the group rate for four or more individuals is $35/person, the spouse rate is $25 with the purchase of a general registration.  

Click here to register for the Fall Pastors' Forums. 

Special rates for the Gordon-Conwell Community (faculty/staff/students) are also available and may expire one week prior to each event. 

Please note that due to planning, registrations made within six business days prior to the seminar will not include lunch. Group rate and spouse rates will expire one week prior to each event.


You will receive an email confirmation upon registering that acts as your receipt and registration confirmation. If you do not receive it in your inbox, please check your junk mail folder. 

If you are not able to attend the seminar, you may transfer your registration to another guest by emailing us. Cancellations must be made five business days prior to the event to receive a refund less a $10 processing fee. Cancellations made within five business days of the seminar will not be refunded. Registrations are non-refundable upon purchase for the Gordon-Conwell Community.


For most seminars, the first session will begin at 9:30 a.m. Seminars will take place in either Alumni Hall, located in the Kerr Building or the Kaiser Chapel located in the Academic Center, at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Hamilton, MA. To confirm date or times, email us or call 800-294-2774. 


Click on the following for printable maps: Academic Center Map  |  Kerr Building Map  |  Campus Map 


For directions to the Hamilton Campus of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, click here.


Guests are responsible for providing their own transportation to and from the seminary. The closest MBTA Commuter Rail stops are on the Newburyport/Rockport Commuter Rail Line at North Beverly or Hamilton/Wenham. From there you may contact a taxi service to provide a ride from the train station to Gordon-Conwell. 

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Audio Recordings

All Pastors' Forums are recorded as a Builders Series.  These may be purchased at our online store or by email. A number of seminar and conference audio are available for free online at the Gordon-Conwell iTunesU site. Video recordings of various seminars and conferences may be viewed at the Gordon-Conwell YouTube site.

To see a list of past seminars and conferences hosted by the Shoemaker Center, visit our "Past Events" page. For more detailed information about past events, please email us or call 800-294-2774.

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