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.


Thank you for attending the Dying Well Pastors' Forum. Stay tuned for our Spring 2016 forums.

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November 16, 2015 |  Dying Well: Ethical and Pastoral Perspectives

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: Panel and Q&A

About our Speakers


Dr Dennis Hollinger is President, and the Colman M. Mockler Distinguited Professor of Christian Ethics at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.

Dr. Karen Mason is Associate Professor of Counseling and Psychology at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.

Dr. Patrick Smith is Associate Profess or of Philosophical Theology and Ethics at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.

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.

Seminar Location: Alumni Hall of the Kerr Building.

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 Factors 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 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: November 16, 2015

Please note that the following is general information for our Pastors' Forums. Prices and locations may change depending on the event. The location for this seminar is in Alumni Hall. 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 the Gordon-Conwell Community (faculty/staff/students) are also available and will expire after November 8. 

Please note that due to planning, registrations made after November 8, 2015 will not include lunch. Group rate and spouse rates will also expire after November 8.


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.


The first session will begin at 9:00 a.m. The seminar will take place in the Kaiser Chapel, located in the Academic Center of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary of Hamilton, MA. To confirm date or times, email us or call 800-294-2774. 


Click on the following links 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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