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.
Registration Open! Spring Pastors' Forum with Kevin DeYoung on March 4, 2014! Click here to register.
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. More information about the seminar and registration to be posted soon!
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.
- 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: Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, Hamilton, MA
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 - 10:30 a.m.||Session 1: The Case for Veracity and Clarity in Preaching|
|10:30 - 11:00 a.m.||Break|
|11:00 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.
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.
Time and Location:
The 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.
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.
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Walk-in registrations are not accepted. Please register early. Mail-in registrations must be post-marked more than ten business days prior to the seminar to be accepted. For any questions regarding registration, call 1 (800) 294-2774.
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Tuesday, October 29, 2013: "Greater Things For...Our Communities...Our Cities...New England" with Andy Crouch
Imagine what could happen if the churches of New England came together to serve, pray for, and reach our cities and communities with the gospel! Join other pastors with a vision larger than just their own church and be equipped to lead your church towards the “greater things” that God is doing region-wide to shape the future of New England.
Jesus said, "Whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father." (John 14:12)
What are those “greater things,” and what will it take to see them done in our city? Whether state capitals like Boston, Concord, or Providence, or regional centers like Worcester, Lowell, or Portland—cities bring together density and diversity, beauty and difficulty, and their vitality and troubles shape the surrounding region. Imagine what could happen if the churches in and around those cities came together to serve, pray for, and reach their cities with the gospel? And imagine what could happen if the vitality and diversity of the urban church began to flow into suburban and rural churches? Maybe that’s why Paul traveled from city to city as he planted the seeds of the gospel across the Roman world.
But how do we become aware of what God is doing in our cities if we are isolated within the walls of our church, or invested only in our local community? Is your church making the kinds of connections that will help you join what God is doing region-wide to shape the future of New England, the United States, and even the world?
Andy Crouch, executive editor of Christianity Today, will be sharing with us biblically and practically, drawing from the three-year project “This is our City.” You will meet other leaders with a vision larger than just their own church. And you’ll be equipped to lead your church towards the “greater things” that God has for OUR cities and communities.
- Why Cities - and Churches - Matter
- How City Networks Advance the Gospel
- Making Connections for "Greater Things" in New England (Lunch)
Andy Crouch is the author of Playing God: Redeeming the Gift of Power, to be published in October 2013. His book Culture Making: Recovering Our Creative Calling, won Christianity Today’s 2009 Book Award for Christianity and Culture and was named one of the best books of 2008 by Publishers Weekly, Relevant, Outreach and Leadership. In December 2012 he became executive editor of Christianity Today, where he is also executive producer of This Is Our City, a multi-year project featuring documentary video, reporting, and essays about Christians seeking the flourishing of their cities.
Andy serves on the governing boards of Fuller Theological Seminary and Equitas Group, a philanthropic organization focused on ending child exploitation in Haiti and Southeast Asia. He is a senior fellow of the International Justice Mission’s IJM Institute and a member of the Board of Advisors for the John Templeton Foundation. His writing has appeared in The Wall Street Journal and in several editions of Best Christian Writing and Best Spiritual Writing. He lives with his family in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania.
Event Location: Alumni Hall, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, Hamilton, MA
This event is a partnership between Greater Things for Greater Boston and the Shoemaker Center for Church Renewal of the Ockenga Institute, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.
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