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. 

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Important Announcement: Due to overwhelming response, registration has been closed for this event. Additionally, walk-in registrations will not be extended on the day-of the event. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

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October 28, 2014: Pastors' Forum with Gordon Hugenberger

Same-Sex Relationships: Ministry Challenges in Light of the Bible's Teaching on Sex, Marriage and Gender

The emphasis of the Forum will be on problems and questions related to same-sex relationships, including their legal status and societal approval, and the increasing pressure on Evangelicals and others to question, or reinterpret, the Bible's teaching on these matters. These practical concerns will be placed in the wider context of the Bible's (generally not well understood) teaching about law, sex, marriage, and gender.

We will walk through each of the biblical texts that relate directly to the ethics of same-sex relationships, and we will discover some very surprising results. We will also consider the misuse of advocacy research that has confused these already complex issues. In addition we will explore key biblical principles related to gender and identity, as well as important biblical principles regarding the relationship between morality and civil law. Finally, we will consider the pastoral challenges of how best to express the love of Christ toward those who experience same-sex attraction, and how best to respond to those who are convinced that anything but strong moral approval is an expression of ignorance, judgmentalism, homophobia, or worse.

Seminar Speakers

We are delighted to welcome Dr. Gordon Hugenberger and Rev. Dr. Walter Kim to lead this forum. Dr. Hugenberger will lead the main sessions and Rev. Dr. Kim will be guiding the Q&A and interactive portions of the seminar. 

Dr. Gordon Hugenberger is Ranked Adjunct Professor of Old Testament at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and the Senior Minister at Park Street Church in Boston. Dr. Hugenberger has taught Hebrew, Akkadian and a variety of Old Testament exegesis courses at Gordon-Conwell South Hamilton since his graduation from there in 1974. At the same time, he has been actively involved in pastoral ministry, serving for 23 years at Lanesville Congregational Church in Gloucester, MA, and for the past 11 years as the senior pastor of historic Park Street Church in downtown Boston.

Dr. Hugenberger is a prolific author, having written dozens of articles. He is also a frequent speaker at venues such as the Salvation Army, Harvard University, the New England Christian Fellowship and MIT. His B.A. degree in engineering and applied physics and his ongoing interest in science have allowed him to speak occasionally on the relationship between science and faith. Other topics on which he has spoken and written include marriage as a covenant, redemptive history and Malachi.


Rev. Dr. Walter Kim is Associate Minister of Park Street Church where he serves as teaching pastor for the contemporary worship service. His ministry experience also includes campus work with Cru at Yale University. He earned a Ph.D. in Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations from Harvard University.  He has taught courses at Boston College and at Harvard in the area of Biblical studies and Hebrew language. His publications include contributions to the Encyclopedia of Hebrew Language and Linguistics and the Archaelogical Study Bible, as well as other academic and devotional materials.


Seminar Location: Kaiser Chapel, Gordon-Conwell, Hamilton, MA

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Pastors' Forum Schedule

Below is the schedule for the Pastors' Forum with Gordon Hugenberger.

8:00 - 9:00 a.m. Registration
9:00 - 10:00 a.m. Session 1
10:00 - 10:30 a.m. Break
10:30 - 11:30 a.m. Session 2
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 - 2:00 p.m. Session 3
2:00 - 2:15 p.m. Break
2:15 - 3:15 p.m. Session 4
3:15 - 3:45 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.

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Due to overwhelming response, registration has been CLOSED for this event. Additionally, walk-in registrations will not be extended on the day-of the event.

The registration 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.

Special rates for groups and spouses will expire on October 20.

Due to planning, registrations made after October 20, 2014 will not include lunch.

Special rates for the Gordon-Conwell community (faculty/staff/students) are also available and will expire after October 20. 

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.

Gordon-Conwell Community rates are non-refundable.

Time, Location, Maps:

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

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.

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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 October 20th will not include lunch and all special rates will expire October 20th. 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: CLOSED
  2. Walk-In Registrations will not be extended on the day-of the event.

Contact us at to receive an update about availability of the seminar recordings. 

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.
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 at or call 800-294-2774.

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