2014 Marshall Hudson Spring Conference

Inside-Out & Upside Down: The Subversive Power of Christian Discipleship with Mark Buchanan

April 11-12, 2014  |  Hamilton, MA


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Inside-Out & Upside Down: The Subversive Power of Christian Discipleship

The Gospel of Mark contains this vivid description of the church: it’s made up of those Jesus wanted, who heard his call and who came to him, that “they might be with him and that he might send them out” (Mark 3:13-15). Called and sent. With and out. Intimacy and action. Being and doing. Knowing and making known. Safety and danger. This is the shape of discipleship. This is the essence of formation. It is the core identity and call of the church: to be with Jesus, and to be sent by Jesus. In these series of talks, Mark Buchanan – author, pastor, professor – will explore these themes, especially as they relate to the heart of Christ and the mission of God. This conference is a call to radical discipleship – to intimacy and action. It is a call to a life in Christ that turns our lives inside-out, and our world upside-down.

Plenary Speaker

Mark Buchanan is a pastor, award-winning author, and father of three who lives with his wife, Cheryl, on the West Coast of Canada. Educated at the University of British Columbia and Regent College, his work has been published in numerous periodicals, including Christianity Today, Books and Culture, Leadership Journal, and Discipleship Magazine. He is the author of six books: Your God Is Too Safe, Things Unseen, The Holy Wild, The Rest of God, Hidden in Plain Sight, and Spiritual Rhythm.

For more on Mark Buchanan, visit his website: www.markbuchanan.net

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Workshop Speakers

In addition to our plenary speakers, we are delighted to have the following distinguished guests share with us during the conference on different aspects of spiritual formation.

Jeremy Stefano
Being Friends While Being in Authority: A Ministry Conundrum

Jeremy Stefano is a husband, father, a local church pastor, spiritual director and teacher. The general focus of his teaching ministry is the pursuit of a biblically rooted spiritual theology. Raised in South Africa, he lives with Bethany, his wife of twenty-six years in Massachusetts. They have eight children.


Susan Skillen

Susan Skillen is an Anglican priest, spiritual director and mother of four daughters. She and her husband John live in Newburyport, MA. As Canon for Spiritual Formation for the Anglican Diocese in New England, she directs the spiritual director training for the diocese. Currently she serves as Interim Rector at All Saints’ Anglican Church in Amesbury, MA.


Susan Currie
Tending by Attending: Listening as a Spiritual Practice

Susan Currie is director of Sela, Leadership Transformation's Certificate Program in Spiritul Direction. She is also associate for Spiritual Formation , Leadership Transformations Inc. She's the author of "Revelation: Awaiting the Bridegroom" (Presybeterian of Renewal, 2010). Susan and her husband Dave live in Hamilton, MA and are graced with three grown children-Catherine, Roy, and Elspeth.


Dr. Steve Macchia
Spiritual Discernment: Burning Heart or Heart Burn?

Dr. Steve Macchia  is founder and president of Leadership Transformations and the director of the Pierce Center for Disciple-Building at Gordon-Conwell. He's the author of several books, including Becoming A Healthy Church (Baker and Crafting A Rule of Life (IVP/Formatio. He and his wife Ruth have two grown children, Nathan and Rebekah.



Dr. John Jefferson Davis
Practicing the Presence of God: In Worship, Bible Reading and Ministry

Dr.John Jefferson Davis is a professor of Systematic Theology and Chair, Division of Christian Thought, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He also has served as chairman of the Board of Directors of Massachusetts Citizens for Life; as a founding member of the Board of Directors of Birthright of Greater Beverly, MA; as a member of the Board of Directors of the Value of Life Committee, and as the Massachusetts delegate to the White House Conference on Families. He and his wife, Robin, have five children and live in Hamilton, MA.

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Worship is an integral part of the Spring Conference. Through times of singing and reflection we are able to join together in worship of God and remain focused on the One who deserves all our praise. 


David Shorey is Director of Support Services at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. For over 30 years he has held organist, worship leader, and Minister of Music positions in churches in New England and the Midwest.  David currently serves as part of the music ministry at First Congregational Church of Essex, MA.


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This is the basic conference schedule. Please note that the schedule may be subject to change. If you have specific questions regarding the schedule please call us at (800) 294-2774.

Friday, April 11, 2014

1:30 - 2:30 p.m. Registration
2:30 - 3:00 p.m. Worship
3:00 - 4:00 p.m. Plenary 1: Be Still
4:00 - 4:30 p.m. Break
4:30 - 5:30 p.m. Plenary 2: Be Holy
5:30 - 7:00 p.m. Dinner Break
7:00 - 7:30 p.m. Worship
7:30 - 8:30 p.m. Plenary 3: Be Filled
8:30 - 8:45 p.m. Closing Worship

Saturday, April 12, 2014

8:30 -9:00 a.m. Worship
9:00 - 10:00 a.m. Plenary 4: Be Dangerous
10:00 - 10:30 a.m. Break
10:30 - 11:30 a.m. Workshop 1
11:30 - 1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 - 2:00 p.m. Workshop 2
2:00 - 2:30 p.m. Break
2:30 - 3:30 p.m. Plenary 5: Closing Thoughts and Q&A

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Conference Details

Click on the links below for more detailed information about conference logistics including registration costs, cancellation fees and hotel accommodations.

Registration & Meal Costs:

General Registration: The registration cost for the conference includes the registration, handouts, and snacks. Please note dates below.

  • Regular Individual Registration until March 28= $65
  • Late Individual Registration after March 28 = $75
  • Spouse (w/individual registration) until April 2= $65
  • Alumni & Group Rate until April 2= $65

Group Registration: All group registrations must be submitted together (paper or online) to qualify for the group rate unless otherwise instructed by the Ockenga Institute. The group registration rate is available until April 2 after which the late individual rate will be in place.

Gordon-Conwell Community: Special rates for the Gordon-Conwell community (faculty/staff/students) are also available until April 2, 2014. After this date, the late individual registration of $75 will be in place.

Meal Package: Meal packages of $20 are available for the conference and include 1 lunch and 1 dinner. Meal packages will not be sold after April 2, 2014.

Special Meals: If you request a special meal at registration (gluten-free, vegetarian, etc), it is your responsibility to ask the Dining Services staff during the conference meal times to receive your meal. Requests not made by April 2, 2014 may not be accommodated due to planning.

One-Day Rate: One-day rates are not available at this time, but may open up a week or two prior to the event.

Walk-In Registration: Walk-in registrations will be available, however, meals will not be sold to walk-in registrants. Please plan accordingly.

Time, Location, Maps:

The conference will be held in the Academic Center and Kaiser Chapel of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, South Hamilton, MA. Registration will be held in the Kaiser Chapel Lobby. Please see the above schedule for specific times for registration and sessions.

Click on the links below for maps of our campus:

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. Phone and mailed registrations will only receive receipts upon request. Due to planning involved with the conference, please note the following dates involving registration cancellations.

  • Cancellations must be received by March 14, 2014 to receive a full refund, less a $10 processing fee.
  • Cancellations made by March 28, 2014 will be refunded 50%.
  • Cancellations after March 28, 2014 will not be refunded.

Conference Lodging & Transportation:

Lodging: Conference guests are expected to provide their own lodging and transportation for the duration of the conference.  Room blocks have been made at the following hotels from April 10-12, 2014, however are not guaranteed after the dates listed. The group rate will then be offered on a space- and rate-available basis.  Participants must arrange their own accommodations. 

Courtyard Boston Danvers ($119/night plus tax)
275 Independence Way, Danvers, MA 01923 | (978) 777-8630
Request "Gordon-Conwell Spring Conference Room Block"
Valid until: Thursday, March 20, 2014

SpringHill Suites Boston Peabody ($119/night plus tax)
43 Newbury Street (US 1 North), Peabody, MA 01960 | (978) 535-5000
Request "Gordon-Conwell Spring Conference Room Block2"
Valid until: Thursday, March 13, 2014

Comfort Inn North Shore ($80/night plus tax)
50 Dayton St, Danvers, MA 01923 | (978) 777-1700
Request "Gordon-Conwell Spring Conference"

Transportation: Gordon-Conwell is near commuter rail stops, however, you must find transportation from the train stop to campus. The closest commuter rail stops are on the Newburyport/Rockport Commuter Rail Line at North Beverly or Hamilton/Wenham. Click here for a link to the MBTA and the train schedule.


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.


We recommend that you register online for the conference. If you need assistance, you may call us at the phone number provided. Please check our cancellation policy that is listed above in "Conference Details" before registering.

  1. Registration for the 2014 Spring Conference with Mark Buchanan is closed.
  2. To register over the phone, call 800-294-2774


All of the conference audio for this conference as well as past conferences sponsored by the Shoemaker Center of the Ockenga Institute may be purchased online at our online store. If you have questions about other audio resources available through the Ockenga Institute, visit us on iTunesU or email us.


The 2014 Marshall Hudson Spring Conference is being co-sponsored this year by the Shoemaker Center for Church Renewal of the Ockenga Institute, the Pierce Center for Disciple-Building and Leadership Transformations, Inc.


2013 Summer Conference

Thank you to everyone who attended the 2013 Summer Conference: From the Garden to the Sanctuary: The Promise and Challenge of Technology. The conference video may be viewed at the Gordon-Conwell Vimeo site. For full conference audio recordings (including workshops) at www.gordonconwellstore.org. If you have any questions regarding our audio content, email store@gordonconwell.edu.

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The Harold John Ockenga Institute
Marshall A. Hudson founded the World Wide Baraca Philathea Bible Union in 1896.  This parachurch organization was designed to develop greater knowledge and practical application of Scripture in young men and women.  This conference is dedicated in Hudson's honor to the continual development of strong Christian leaders.