Missions Emphasis Week:

October 2 - 4, 2018  |  Hamilton

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Global Missions and the work of God’s people

“In Whatever You Do...(Col.3:23)”

Business as mission has been around since Jesus instructed the disciples to “go and make disciples of all nations” (Mt 28:19) and the Apostle Paul made tents as his trade while on his missionary journeys. Doing the work God has called each of us to do IS a means of fulfilling the Great Commission.The Kingdom has advanced all over the world spread by Christians who integrated their faith and witness with their business.

Today many places in the world are not accessible via traditional approaches of having religious visa for sharing the Gospel. However, many of these places are often open to Christians who have the skills, training and experience in business to open a door for the Gospel. We will examine the underlying theology of work and how our work can be used to facilitate the worship of God and advance His Kingdom around the world.

Our two speakers will lay some theological groundwork about work and worship.Then we will hear contemporary examples of how God is using Christians in business around the world to bring the Gospel and transformation into the lives and communities of those who have the least access to the Good News

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Schedule of Events: Tuesday, October 2 - Thursday, October 4

Chapel  | Lunch Forums  |  Thursday Workshops  |  Evening Open Houses |   Missions Fair

Chapel Worship & Keynote  |  11:10 a.m. - 12:10 p.m. | Kaiser Chapel

All chapel sessions will take place in the Kaiser Chapel at the Academic Center, South Hamilton campus.

Tuesday 2 Oct: Developing a theology of work
Keynote Speaker: Kara Martin

Kara Martin is the author of Workship: How to use your work to worship God, and Workship 2: How to flourish at work. She is also Project Leader with Seed, and lecturer with Mary Andrews College. She was formerly Associate Dean of the Marketplace Institute at Ridley College in Melbourne. Kara has worked in media and communications, human resources, business analysis and policy development roles, in a variety of organizations, and as a consultant. She was Director of the School of Christian Studies for three years and has lectured with the Brisbane School of Theology, Macquarie Christian Studies Institute and Wesley Institute. Kara has a particular passion for integrating our Christian faith and work, as well as helping churches connect with the workers in their congregations. 

Wednesday 3 Oct: Business ventures advancing the Kingdom!
Keynote Speaker: TBA

Lunch Forums  |  12:15 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Lunch forums takes place immediately after the chapel session. A simple lunch will be provided.

Tuesday 2 Oct:
Location: Alumni Hall
Speaker: Kara Martin, Work and God's mission

Wednesday 3 Oct:
Location: Alumni Hall
Speaker: Kara Martin, Dr. Ken Barnes
Description: Does business as mission really work?

Evening Open House

Join us for a Missions Open House with our keynote speakers during Tuesday evening.

An evening with the speakers
Tuesday, October 2 |  6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. | Wilson House

Come and spend a relaxed evening with our keynote speakers at the Wilson House, enjoying fellowship, prayer, and a time for you to ask them questions and hear more. Light refreshment will be served.
Location: Wilson House, 7 Ockenga Lane (on campus)
Speakers: Kara Martin & Special Guest

Thursday Workshops | 12:15 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.

Join us for different workshops led by different speakers form mission organizations during Thursday lunch. TBA

Daily Missions Fair: Tuesday & Wednesday | 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. 

Come browse the missions fair displays and get connected with representatives from a number of global mission organizations and ministries that serve worldwide.

Location: Great Hall (Kerr Building)

Missions Emphasis Week Details

This program is underwritten by funds made available through the Paul E. and Eva B. Toms Lectureship. The events and sessions listed are open to public free of charge.

Please click on the topics below to find out more information about general event details. 

Cost & Registration:

All the events during Missions Emphasis Week are free of charge and open to the public. 

Directions & Public Transportation:

Directions: 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 the “Conference” and "Event Parking" signs. For more specific directions click here.

Click here to download a map of the Hamilton Campus of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.

Public Transportation: Gordon-Conwell is located 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 train schedule.

Campus Maps & Room Locations:

Missions Emphasis Week will take place on the Hamilton Campus of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Most of the locations for each session are listed next to the events listed in the schedule. Chapel sessions will take place in the Kaiser Chapel of the Academic Center. Lunch forums will take place in Alumni Hall, and the Thursday lunch workshops will take place in various classrooms in the Academic Center.


Directions to the Wilson House

The Wilson House is located on campus by the Bridge Street exit. Click here for a campus map.
Parking is available:

  • along the RIGHT side of John Harold Ockenga Lane in front of the Wilson House,
  • in the drive way by the side of the Wilson House, and
  • also in the lot by the Pump House on the left side before the campus exit.


If you have questions about Missions Emphasis Week at Gordon-Conwell or about the J Christy Wilson Jr. Center for World Missions, please contact us using the information below:


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