Brown Bag Sabbatical  

Sunset at Gordon-Conwell

The Brown Bag Sabbatical is an invitation from the Ockenga Institute to bring your own project to Gordon-Conwell each January and join pastors from around New England and beyond for your own week-long study leave.

With a little help from us, you can enjoy the beauty of the Gordon-Conwell campus and take advantage of its resources. The Brown Bag Sabbatical offers a full plate of opportunity at a "brown bag" price. 

This program runs concurrently with a Doctor of Ministry Writing Program. For more information regarding the D.Min. Writing Program, CLICK HERE.

Stay tuned for more information on our 2016 Brown Bag Sabbatical!

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The purpose of the Brown Bag Sabbatical is to provide an environment for pastors to have a week-long study leave. The program is minimally structured so pastors may utilize the seminary's resources to spend time studying, resting and as a personal retreat. Meet other pastors from around the country to share about ministry during our lunch roundtable discussions and interact with Gordon-Conwell faculty.

Program Highlights

  • Five days and four nights at Gordon-Conwell and a local hotel (single and double occupancy room options and continental breakfast)
  • Lunch and roundtable discussions with Gordon-Conwell faculty
  • Full access to campus facilities (library, media center, etc.)
  • Times of corporate worship and prayer
  • Coffee and snacks provided throughout the day

Program Details

Click on each of the links below for more detailed information regarding the cost of the program and other logistics related to the Brown Bag Sabbatical.

Cost & Lodging:

Registration for the Brown Bag Sabbatical includes four nights at a local hotel, five lunches on campus, and coffee and snacks provided throughout the day.  Single and double-occupancy rooms are available for the program. Please note that double occupancy is not guaranteed, but based on the interest of other participants.

If you need additional rooms beyond the four nights included (Monday-Thursday night), you must pay/per night in your registration. If you live locally but would like to participate in the sabbatical without the housing option, please register for the program-only option.

Please note that due to planning, registration with the housing option will close January 2, 2015.

Rates are as follows:

  • Early Registration (by 12/12/14) = $405/person for program and a single hotel room
  • Regular Registration (after 12/12/14) = $425/person for program and a single hotel room
  • Double Occupancy Rate (pending availability) = $350/person for program and a shared room
  • Program-Only Rate (no housing) = $100/person for program only
  • Extra Nights at the Hotel = $76/night (includes tax), single-occupancy only

The hotel for the 2015 program is the TownePlace Suites in Danvers, MA. Single occupancy rooms are studio suites which include a full kitchen, desk, sitting area and sofa bed. A traditional continental breakfast is included in your stay. Double occupancy rooms are 2-bedroom suites, with separate sleeping rooms and a shared living space. 


Confirmation & 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.

Due to the planning involved with the program, cancellations must be received by December 12, 2014 to receive a refund less a $10 processing fee. Cancellations requests received by December 22, 2014 will be refunded 50%. Cancellations made after December 22, 2014 will not be refunded.

Time, Location, Maps:

The program will take place at the Hamilton campus of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Registration will be held on Monday, January 26, 2015 in Academic Center Room 351. Snacks are provided throughout the day in the Ockenga Atrium. Lunches are provided in the Dining Hall with the lunch discussions taking place in a Kerr building classroom.

Click on the links below for maps of Gordon-Conwell:


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 and the “Conference” and "Event Parking" signs. For more specific directions click here.


To be put on a contact list for the next Brown Bag Sabbatical or if you have any questions, call 1 (800) 294-2774 or email us at

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Brown Bag Sabbatical Schedule

Please find below the schedule for the 2015 Brown Bag Sabbatical. This schedule is subject to change.

Monday, January 26, 2015
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Registration
12:00 - 1:30 PM Lunch and Introductions
3:00 - 4:00 PM Check-in at Hotel
Tuesday-Thursday, January 27-29, 2015
Morning Breakfast at Hotel
11:30 AM - 12:00 PM Worship
12:00 - 1:30 PM Lunch Forum with a GCTS Professor
Friday, January 30, 2015
Morning Breakfast at hotel
before 12:00 PM Check out of hotel
11:30 AM - 12:00 PM Worship
12:00 - 1:30 PM Lunch Forum with a GCTS Professor

Brown Bag Sabbatical Registration

  1. Registration for the 2016 Brown Bag Sabbatical: Stay Tuned!
  2. To register over the phone, call 800-294-2774

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