Hamilton Campus

Dean's Forum

Gordon-Conwell—Hamilton’s Dean’s Forum exists to explore topics of church, culture, and theology in a casual atmosphere with more depth than is often possible in classes. We invite our community and the general public to join us for these monthly discussions on a variety of topics. This academic year, all forums will be live streamed on Facebook. Registration is only required for our limited in-person attendance and lunch. Please see below for more information on our upcoming events.

Upcoming Events Past Events

2023–2024 Events

In the chaos of current events and all the voices competing for our attention, Dr. Zack Eswine will expound how pastoring and preaching are done best when seen as acts of love and wonder hovering within the ordinary lives of particular people.

Register by April 1

Join Dr. Carmen Joy Imes as she uses Genesis to offer a meaningful path forward in addressing the issues of the new sexual revolution and the rise of artificial intelligence. Dr. Carol Kaminski will give the response.

Register by March 13

Join us for a two-day conference with Dr. Trueman and leading evangelical authors and scholars as we explore how the church can engage with modern culture through Christ-centered cultural apologetics and missions.

Register by February 7

Is it possible to live a fruitful and significant life devoted to small-place ministry? If so, how ought we to go about it? Small-town pastors and Gordon-Conwell professors Dr. Stephen Witmer and Dr. Jason McConnell will share their answer.

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Rev. Dr. John Huh will share about particular mental health and pastoral counseling needs in the Asian American context and present ways to encourage and equip our churches to increase mental health awareness and improve our caregiving systems.

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Ours is a time that thinks far more about what makes us different from each other than what binds us together. Hear from Dr. Richard Lints, Senior Distinguished Professor of Theology, on how we got here and how should the church respond.

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Past Events


2022-2023

Dr. Joel Lawrence, Executive Director of the Center for Pastor Theologians, and Dr. Gordon Isaac, Gordon-Conwell professor, will the ancient call of the pastor to be a theologian.

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Crawford Loritts reflects on the reality that we are headed toward the very presence of God should motivate us to complete His assignments for us with focused intentionality.

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Dr. George Yancey analyzes what reforms show promise, and how communities can heal and improve race relations through the promotion of collaborative conversations.

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What can we learn from one another as we seek to be a worshipping community? Hear from this diverse panel as they address these important questions, and others.

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Dr. Wesley Hill presents a biblical, pastoral theology of sexuality in light of the present and future kingdom of God, in which God promises redemption for our whole selves in Christ.

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Maria Garcia, expert in immigration and mental health, shares why it’s vital for the church to be aware of the presence and effect of trauma in the church and the resources available.

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2021-2022

Join Dr. Gordon Hugenberger, Senior Professor of Old Testament, as he develops basic principles of justice in the Old Testament that aid in the interpretation of challenging texts.

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Dr. Tim Tennent, President of Asbury Theological Seminary, presents the contours of the Christian vision of the body and human sexuality as biological and theological entities.

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Dr. Karen Mason, Director of Hamilton Counseling and author of Preventing Suicide, and Dr. David Currie, DMin Director, speak to how churches can help prevent suicide.

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How can we communicate well in the church and society and be true to God’s Word? Hear from Dr. Quentin Schultze, and Dr. Jeffrey Arthurs, Robinson Chair of Preaching and Communication.

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Dr. Charles Slagen, Exec. Dir. of Hope Psychological Services and former therapy instructor at Gordon-Conwell, explores shifts in marriage and ministering to millennials.

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Dr. Matthew Kim will speak about his new book, Preaching to People in Pain. We will also hear from Pastor Bobby Warrenburg of North Shore Community Baptist Church.

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2020-2021

Dr. David Johnston, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Islamic Studies at Fuller, will share how Christians can best engage with Muslims on the topics of justice and love.

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Dr. Aaron Howard, Pastor at All Souls Church in Nashville, will present how Pentecostal forms of embodied worship can retrieve a more holistic approach to corporate and individual worship.

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Dr. Dennis Hollinger, Professor of Christian Ethics, looks to transgender realities and suggests theological, ethical, and pastoral responses of truth, conviction, civility and love.

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Dr. Dorothy Boorse will explore how we can care for creation and for our fellow humans in light of a theology of reconciliation.

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A diverse panel of our faculty will reflect on how we can be the body—diverse yet with full equity and genuine inclusion.

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This talk focused on pastoral challenges and best approaches in providing spiritual care within the context of serious illness.

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