The Brown Bag Retreat Week - August 6-10, 2018

The Brown Bag Retreat Week is an invitation from the Ockenga Institute to bring your own project to Gordon-Conwell and join pastors from around New England and beyond for your own week-long study leave. With a little help from us, you can enjoy the beauty of the Gordon-Conwell campus and take advantage of its resources. The Brown Bag Retreat Week offers a full plate of opportunity at a "brown bag" price.

This program runs concurrently with a Doctor of Ministry Writing Program. For more information regarding the D.Min. Writing Program, CLICK HERE.

Registration is open for the 2018 Brown Bag Sabbatical! CLICK HERE to reserve your spot!



The purpose of the Brown Bag Retreat week is to provide an environment for pastors to have a week-long study leave. The program is minimally structured so you may utilize the seminary's resources to spend time studying, resting and as a personal retreat. Meet other pastors from around the country to share about ministry during our lunch roundtable discussions and interact with Gordon-Conwell faculty.

Program Highlights:

  • Five days and four nights at Gordon-Conwell and TownPlace Suites Danvers
  • Lunch and roundtable discussions with Gordon-Conwell faculty
  • Full access to campus facilities (library, media center, etc.)
  • Times of corporate worship and prayer
  • Coffee and snacks provided throughout the day

Brown Bag Retreat Week Schedule

Below is the schedule for the 2018 Brown Bag Retreat Week. This schedule is subject to change.

Monday, January 8, 2018

  • 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  -  Registration
  • 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.  -  Lunch and Introductions
  • 3:00 p.m. onward  -  Check-In at Hotel

Tuesday - Thursday, 9-11, 2018

  • Morning  -  Breakfast at Hotel
  • 11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  -  Worship
  • 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.  -  Lunch with a GCTS Professor

Friday, January 12, 2018

  • Morning  -  Breakfast at Hotel
  • Before 12:00 p.m.  -  Check Out of Hotel
  • 11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  -  Worship
  • 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.  -  Lunch


Program Details:


Registration for the Brown Bag Retreat Week includes four nights at a local hotel, five lunches on campus, and coffee and snacks provided throughout the day. Single and double-occupancy rooms are available for the program. Please note that double occupancy is not guaranteed, but based on the interest of other participants.

If you need additional rooms beyond the four nights included (Monday-Thursday night), you must contact the hotel directly at 978-777-6222. If you live locally but would like to participate in the sabbatical without the housing option, please register for the program-only option.

Please note that due to planning, registration with the housing option will close July 13, 2018.

If your spouse is joining you for the week and would like to participate in the program, please register them under the spouse rate. Lunch and snacks are included in the cost for the spouse rate.

Rates are as follows:

  • Early Registration (by 7/6/18) = $475/person for program and a single hotel room
  • Regular Registration (after 7/6/18) = $495/person for program and a single hotel room
  • Program-Only Rate (no housing) = $175/person for program only
  • Spouse Program-Only Rate (no housing) = $80/person for program only

The hotel for the 2018 program is TownPlace Suites in Danvers, 978-777-6222. 

Click here to register for the program.


You will receive an email confirmation upon registering that acts as your receipt and registration confirmation. If you do not receive it in your inbox, please check your junk mail folder.

Due to the planning involved with the program, cancellations must be received by December 11, 2017 to receive a refund less a $20 processing fee. Cancellations requests received by December 18, 2017 will be refunded 50%. Cancellations made after December 26, 2017 will not be refunded.


The program will take place at the Hamilton campus of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Registration will be held on Monday, January 8 in Academic Center Room 348. Snacks are provided throughout the day in the Ockenga Atrium. Lunches are provided in the Dining Hall with the lunch discussions taking place in a Kerr building classroom.


Click on the following links for printable maps: Academic Center Map  |  Kerr Building Map  |   Campus Map


For directions to the Hamilton Campus of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, click here.


To be put on a contact list for the next Brown Bag Sabbatical or if you have any questions email us.


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