2018 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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   January 13, 2018 | Nurturing the Soul of Today's Youth

Featuring Dr. Walt Mueller and Dr. Duffy Robbins with special guests


Dr. Walt Mueller is the founder and President of the Center for Parent/Youth Understanding and has been working with young people and families for over 35 years. The Center for Parent/Youth Understanding is a nonprofit organization committed to building strong families by serving to bridge the cultural-generational gap between parents and teenagers.

Dr. Duffy Robbins is an Associate Staff Member of CPYU. He is the Professor of Youth Ministry at Eastern University, St. Davids, Pennsylvania and is a thirty-five year veteran of youth ministry. 

Special guest speakers for the elective sessions include:
Nate Parks, President/CEO Berea (Hebron, NH)
Ruthie Seiders, Pastor for NextGen Ministry, Grace Chapel (Lexington, MA)
Mike McGarry, Pastor, Emmanuel Baptist Church (Norfolk, MA)
Sharon Ketcham, Associate Professor of Theology & Christian Ministries, Gordon College (Wenham, MA)
Virginia Ward, Associate Pastor, Abundant Life Church (Boston, MA)
While the Gospel message has remained the same, the youth culture context in which that message must be communicated is one that is changing at breakneck speed. The landscape in which we do evangelism and discipleship of youth has changed. Today’s children and teens face new challenges, choices, pressures, and expectations. Those who minister to and parent the emerging generations are called by God to work together to lead kids into an understanding of what it means to follow Jesus in every nook and cranny of life. . . including all the new and unique aspects of growing up in today’s youth culture.
Parents, youth workers, pastors, and educators are invited to join youth ministry specialists Duffy Robbins and Walt Mueller, along with well-known New England youth leaders, for a day of practical and hope-filled youth ministry and parent training.
Please contact the Shoemaker Center for Church Renewal for more information at shoemaker@gordonconwell.edu, (800) 294-2774. To register go to: https://nurturingyouth.eventbrite.com

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Draft Schedule
8:00-8:30 – Registration
8:30-8:45 – Plenary – “Understanding the Soul of 21st Century Youth” Walt Mueller
10:00 to 11:00 – Elective Options Session #1:
  • Intentional Parenting - The Basics with Duffy Robbins
    Theology of Fun and Games with Mike McGarry
    Faith Parents: Helping Congregations become Extended Family with Ruthie Seiders
11:15 to 12:15 – Plenary – “Infusing Wisdom Into the Soul of 21st Century Youth” Duffy Robbins
12:15 – 1:15 – Lunch
1:15 to 2:15 – Elective Options Session #2
Teaching Students to Think Critically and Christianly about Music and Media with Walt Mueller
Tarzan Christianity: Helping Teenagers Live Their Faith in the Jungle of Everyday with Duffy Robbins
Generating Conversation: Engaging Questions for Bible Study and Small Groups with Sharon Ketcham
2:30 to 3:30 – Elective Options Session #3
Tech-Sensible Parenting: Smart Family Practices in a Smartphone World with Walt Mueller
Consequential Leadership with Nate Parks
Compassionate and Holistic Youth and Family Ministry with Virginia Ward
3:45 to 4:45 – Closing Plenary and Panel Q and A "Timely 21st Century Guidance for Youthworkers and Parents" 


Location: 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. 


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.


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For most seminars, the first session will begin at 8:30 a.m. Seminars will take place in the Alumni Hall in the Kerr building or the Academic Center located at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Hamilton, MA. To confirm date or times, email us or call 800-294-2774. 


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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.  If our speakers grant us permission, 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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