2016 Spring Pastors' Forum Series

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.

 

CLICK HERE to register for one or both of the Spring Pastors' Forum Series

For information about recordings for the Dying Well forum, visit the Ockenga Institute Online Store. 


March 15 - People on the Move  |  April 1 - No Time for Mission?

Registration  |  Seminar Details
 

March 15, 2016  |  People on the Move:
How Will the Church Respond to the Refugee Crisis?

We are living in unprecedented times. The largest humanitarian crisis in the world today affects over 60 million people and it is not a natural disaster. It is people displaced by war and conflict, too many of them children. In Syria alone, over 12 million people have been forced to migrate due to violence and unrest. Half of them are children. 

How does a pastor lead a congregation into a deeper understanding of God's call to help the most vulnerable? Join Chief Catalyst of World Vision, Steve Haas and humanitarian expert, Rahsaan Graham for a day of discussion and education on the Syrian Refugee Crisis and the tangible ways we can mobilize to help millions of children in the short and long-term.

Sessions Include:
   - Theology of Poverty and Global Change
   - The Story of the Syrian Refugee
   - Lunch & Group Case Studies Workshop
   - Case Study Share Out & Take Action

About our Speakers

Steve Haas - Chief Catalyst of World Vision

Rahsaan Graham - Humanitarian Expert

Schedule: March 15, 2016

Please note that the following schedule is subject to change. For updated information, please email us or call us at 800-294-2774.

Seminar Location: Alumni Hall of the Kerr Building.

8:30 - 9:00 a.m. Registration
9:00 - 10:30 a.m. Session 1:
Theology of Poverty and Global Change
10:30 - 11:00 a.m. Break
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Session 2:
The Story of the Syrian Refugee
12:00 - 2:00 p.m. Session 3:
Lunch & Group Case Studies Workshop
2:00 - 2:15 p.m. Break
2:15 - 3:15 p.m. Session 4:
Case Study Share Out & Take Action

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April 1, 2016  |  No Time for Mission?
Cultivating a Missional Imagination for Over-Busy Christians

Most Christians know they should be involved in mission, but feel guilty they do not have time to dedicate to it. How do we, as pastors and lay church leaders, help over-busy Christians recognize the way God can use them in the places they already find themselves?

For this to happen, we need to create churches that enable people to grow in confidence in Christ and the gospel while they come to grips with a fast changing, secularized culture. Join Neil Hudson, Director of the Imagine Project at the London Institute for Contemporary Christianity and the author of Imagine Church, as he leads us in teaching, reflecting and discussing the practical suggestions that are based on more than a decade of work among churches from a variety of denominations across the United Kingdom, and now more recently in New England. 

Sessions Include:
   - Developing a Vision for Everyday Mission
   - Developing a Missional Imagination for Everyone
   - Reflecting on Lessons Learned (Panel)
   - Ministry Practices that Sustain a Missional Focus

About our Speaker

Rev. Dr. Neil Hudson is the Director of the Imagine Project at the London Institute for Contemporary Christianity.  This project has worked with churches over the past 10 years, both in the UK and New England, learning what it takes for churches to become communities where whole-life, missional disciples flourish. His book Imagine Church (IVP, 2012) reflected on this process.  Neil is also a church minister in Salford, UK.  He’s been part of that church community for the last 25 years.  During that time he also worked at Regents Theological College for 12 years, initially as a lecturer and then as Vice-Principal.

Schedule: April 1, 2016

Please note that the following schedule is subject to change. For updated information, please email us or call us at 800-294-2774.

Seminar Location: Kaiser Chapel, located in the Academic Center

8:30 - 9:30 a.m. Registration
9:30 - 10:30 a.m. Session 1:
Developing a Vision for Everyday Mission
10:30 - 10:45 a.m. Break
10:45 - 11:45 a.m. Session 2:
Developing a Missional Imagination for Everyone
11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 - 2:00 p.m. Session 3:
Reflection on Lessons Learned (panel)
2:00 - 2:15 p.m. Break
2:15 - 3:30 p.m. Session 4:
Ministry Practices that Sustain a Missional Focus

 

Registration

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. 

CLICK HERE to register for one or both of the Spring Pastors' Forum Series. 

 

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.

COST: 

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.  Note: The group rate for the April 1st event is for two or more people.

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 after March 4, 2016 for the "People on the Move" seminar will not include lunch. Registrations made after March 23, 2016 for the "No Time for Mission?" seminar will not include lunch. Group rate and spouse rates will expire one week prior to each event.

CONFIRMATION & CANCELLATIONS:

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.

TIME & LOCATION: 

For most seminars, the first session will begin at 9:00 a.m. Seminars will either take place in Alumni Hall or in the Kaiser Chapel, both located at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Hamilton, MA. To confirm date or times, email us or call 800-294-2774. 

MAPS OF GORDON-CONWELL:

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

DIRECTIONS:

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

TRANSPORTATION:

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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