Fall 2017 Pastors' Forum

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.

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   October 30, 2017 | Trauma and its Aftermath: Spiritual Disintegration and the Restoration of Hope

Speakers: Nancy Nason-Clark and David A. Clark

Nancy Nason-Clark is a professor of Sociology at the University of New Brunswick and the director of the RAVE Project, a research initiative funded by the Lilly endowment. She received her Ph.D. in Sociology from the London School of Economics and Political Science, London, England. She is the author (or editor) of 10 books, including Men Who Batter and No Place for Abuse. Nancy is a woman of faith with a passion to ensure that churches and their leaders are well equipped to respond to the devastation created by abuse. 

David A. Clark, clinical psychologist, researcher, therapist and Professor of Psychology at the University of New Brunswick, Canada received his formal training in behavior therapy and a PhD in 1984 at the Institute of Psychiatry, University of London, England. He then proceeded to postdoctoral research and clinical training under Dr. Aaron T. Beck at the Center for Cognitive Therapy, University of Pennsylvania. 

The majority of American adults will experience at least one traumatic event in their lifetime, with the incidence of trauma much more prevalent in certain occupations and segments of society. For a significant number of people, trauma causes various psychological disorders like posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), acute stress disorder, major depression, anxiety disorders and the like. The adverse effects of trauma are pervasive and often dramatic, shaking basic attitudes about the self, world, and future, as well as core spiritual beliefs about God and humanity.

This workshop focuses on domestic violence and trauma-related disorders and how pastors, congregations, and pastoral counselors can respond to the emotional, behavioral, social, and spiritual ravages of traumatic injury. Attendees will learn how to identify the markers of traumatic disturbance, with particular focus on trauma distorted beliefs involving trust, threat, love, power, and justice, as well as assumptions about the self, others, and God. Participants will also learn how to conduct a pastoral counseling interview and arrive at a case formulation for trauma injury based on a cognitive behavioral perspective. Emphasis is placed on how to create a therapeutic relationship that is conducive to recovery from trauma, avoid harmful counseling practices, and use more effective cognitive and behavioral counseling strategies. Pastors taking this workshop can expect to be more sensitive, knowledgeable, and skilled at helping the many victims of trauma in their congregation.


Session 1: When Violence Strikes the Religious Home: Recognizing the Prevalence and Severity of Abuse in Families of Faith- Dr. Nancy Nason-Clark

Session 2: Developing Sensitivity Towards the Traumatically Injured within Your Congregation—Dr. David Clark

Session 3: Effective Pastoral Intervention Skills for Traumatized Individuals—Dr. David Clark

Session 4: Strategies for Working with Abusers and the Abused—Dr. Nancy Nason-Clark

Lunch is included in the ticket price. The event will take place in Alumni Hall in the Kerr Building on the campus of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Contact the Shoemaker Center for Church Renewal for more information at Shoemaker@gordonconwell.edu.

 To register go to: https://pastorsforumfeartrauma.eventbrite.com

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Schedule details coming soon!

Location: Alumni Hall, Gordon-Conwell Hamilton Campus


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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 Fall 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 $50, the group rate for four or more individuals is $35/person, the spouse rate is $25 with the purchase of a general registration, the student rate for the day is $15. 

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 9:15 a.m. Registration check in begins at 8:30 a.m.Seminars will take place in the Alumni Hall, located in the Kerr Building 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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