Pastors' Forums

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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November 16, 2015: Dying Well: Ethical and Pastoral Perspectives with Drs. Dennis Hollinger, Karen Mason, and Patrick Smith

Pastors face death every day in their ministry, certainly at a hospital bedside, the funeral parlor, a sanctuary of aging congregants, and at a moment of crisis in their congregation and community. Death is always, always with us! How prepared are we in not only understanding these issues ourselves, but also helping others address some of the difficult ethical and pastoral questions that are faced at these times, such as:  end-of-life decisions, determining appropriate palliative care options, suicide, and healthcare proxy issues? Join us for a day of discussing how we can help our congregations “finish well” in their lives.

Sessions Include:

  • Death and Dying: Sociological Contexts and Theological Foundations
  • Valuing Life at the End of Life: Making the Hard Decisions
  • Psychological Factors in Suicide: Pastoral Guidance
  • Caring for the Dying: A Panel and Q&A


Dr. Dennis Hollinger

President and the Colman M. Mockler Distinguished Professor of Christian Ethics,
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary




Dr. Karen Mason

Associate Professor of Counseling and Psychology,
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary



Dr. Patrick Smith

Associate Professor of Philosophical Theology and Ethics
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary


Seminar Details: November 16, 2015

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 conference 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.

  • Special rates for groups and spouses will expire after November 5, 2015.
  • Due to planning, registrations made after November 5, 2015 will not include lunch.

Special rates for the Gordon-Conwell community (faculty/staff/students) are also available and will expire after November 5. Visit the registration page for more information.


Click here to register for this seminar.

Confirmation and Cancellations:

You may consider your cancelled check or credit card statement to be confirmation of your registration. Event tickets will not be mailed. Online registrations will receive an email confirmation.

Please note that 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.

If you cannot make the seminar, you may transfer your registration to another guest by emailing us.

Time, Location, Maps:

Location--Kaiser Chapel, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, Hamilton, MA

This talk will take place  in the Kaiser Chapel, located in the Academic Center. Registration will open  in the Kaiser Chapel Lobby. To confirm location, please contact via email or (800) 294.2774.

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Take Rte. 128 North (toward Gloucester) to Exit 17 (Grapevine Road). Turn left off of the exit ramp and continue past Gordon College. Take your first right onto Rte. 22 (Rubbly Road). Turn left at the first stop sign (Essex Street). The entrance to Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary will be 200 yards ahead on the right. Follow Billy Graham Way to the Academic Center or follow the conference signs.

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Guests are responsible for providing their own transportation to and from the seminary. We are not able to provide rides from the train station or neighboring towns. We thank you in advance for planning your trip accordingly.

The closest commuter rail stops are on the Newburyport/Rockport Commuter Rail Line at North Beverly or Hamilton/Wenham and from there you may contact a taxi service to provide a ride from the train station to Gordon-Conwell. Click here for a link to the MBTA.

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Schedule: November 16, 2015

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

8:30 - 9:00 a.m. Registration
9:00 - 10:15 a.m. Session 1
Death & Dying: Sociological Contexts and Theological Foundations
10:15 - 10:45 a.m. Break
10:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Session 2
Valuing Life at the End-of-Life: Making the Hard Decisions
12:00 - 1:30 p.m. Lunch
1:30 - 2:45 p.m. Session 3
Psychological Factor in Suicide: Pastoral Guidance
2:45 - 3:00 p.m. Break
3:00 - 4:00 p.m. Session 4
Caring for the Dying: Panel and Q&A

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Please note rate expiration 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 on the registration link below and select the appropriate option.

  • Registration for "Dying Well" on November 16 : CLICK HERE

Email us to receive an update about availability of the seminar recordings.

Audio & Video 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 is 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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