Pastors' Forums

Pastors' Forums provide pastors with an opportunity 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 the March 4, 2014 Pastors' Forum with Kevin DeYoung.

Please note that starting Tuesday, February 25th, registration will not include lunch due to planning. Please register by Monday, February 24th, if you would like lunch included in your registration.

If you have any problems registering, please call us at 800-294-2774.


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March 4, 2014: "How Can a Biblical Sermon Be So Boring?" with Kevin DeYoung

Save the date for our 2014 Spring Pastors' Forum with Kevin DeYoung. He will be joining us on Tuesday, March 4, 2014 to share with us for four sessions for our Pastors' Forum and then continuing on Wednesday for the Ockenga Preaching Lectureship. For more information on the Wednesday events, contact our Center for Preaching at

Seminar Description: Our preaching should never aim to entertain or amuse. The audience is not sovereign. We are not trying to be thought clever. But none of this is an excuse for boring preaching. Even faithful preachers working hard to handle the biblical text can grow in skill as teachers and heralds. Toward that end, Kevin DeYoung will present the case for veracity, clarity, specificity, ingenuity, authenticity, spontaneity and authority in preaching. The aim is that in examining these seven characteristics we can all improve as messengers of God’s good news – or at the very least, be a little less boring in declaring it.

Sessions Include:

  • The Case for Veracity and Clarity in Preaching
  • "A Pleasing Aroma" Leviticus 1
  • The Case for Specificity, Authenticity and Ingenuity in Preaching
  • The Case for Spontaneity and Authority in Preaching


Kevin DeYoung has been the Senior Pastor at University Reformed Church since August 2004. His three main responsibilities include preaching, leadership and administration. He also serves as a council member at The Gospel Coalition and blogs on TGC’s DeYoung, Restless and Reformed.

Kevin attended Hope College, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and is currently enrolled in a Ph.D. program at the University of Leicester. Kevin and his lovely wife, Trish, have five children: Ian, Jacob, Elizabeth, Paul and Mary. He has written several books including The Hole in Our Holiness, The Good News We Almost Forgot, Just Do Something and Crazy Busy.

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

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Pastors' Forum Schedule with Kevin DeYoung

Below is the schedule for "How Can A Biblical Sermon Be So Boring?" with Kevin DeYoung.

9:00 - 9:30 a.m. Registration
9:30 - 10:40 a.m. Session 1: The Case for Veracity and Clarity in Preaching
10:40 - 11:10 a.m. Break
11:10 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Session 2: "A Pleasing Aroma" Leviticus 1
12:00 - 1:15 p.m. Lunch
1:15 - 2:15 p.m. Session 3: The Case for Specificity, Authenticity and Ingenuity in Preaching
2:15 - 2:30 p.m. Break
2:30 - 3:30 p.m. Session 4: The Case for Spontaneity and Authority in Preaching
3:30 - 4:00 p.m. Wrap Up & Questions

Please note that this schedule may change for various reasons. To confirm schedule details, please call the Ockenga Institute at 1 (800) 294-2774.

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Seminar Details

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.

Click on each of the links below to view information.


The registration cost for the seminar includes registration, handouts, snacks and lunch. The cost per individual for the conference is $45. Spouse rates with a regular registration is $25. The group rate for four or more individuals is $35/person.

Please note that due to planning, registrations made beginning February 25, 2014 will not include lunch.

Special rates for the Gordon-Conwell community (faculty/staff/students) are also available.

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. Cancellations must be received 5 business days prior to the event to receive a refund less a $10 processing fee. Due to planning involved, cancellations made within five business days of the seminar will not be refunded.
Time, Location, Maps:

Pastors Forum seminars typically run from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., with registration opening at 9:00 a.m. Registration is usually held in the Kaiser Chapel Lobby. In some instances, registration will take place in the Kerr building. Seminar sessions are usually held in the Academic Center of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, South Hamilton, MA or in some instances, held in the Kerr building. To confirm location, please contact us at  (800) 294.2774.

Click on the links below for maps of our campus:


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.

For more directions to campus, click here.


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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Please note that registrations made after February 24th will not include lunch. Please register early. For any questions regarding registration, call 1 (800) 294-2774. Special rates for the Gordon-Conwell Community are available. Click on the registration link below and select the appropriate option.

  1. Registration online: CLICK HERE
  2. Registration via phone: Please call us at 800-294-2774 during our business hours to register over the phone.


The promotional pieces for the Pastors' Forums are available here for your use. Feel free to print them out and distribute them at your church or contact us at 1 (800) 294-2774 if you would like us to mail you copies.

Audio & Video Recordings

All Pastors' Forums are recorded as a Builders Series.  These may be purchased at our online store or by emailing

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 Vimeo site.

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