Tuesday, 22 October - Present Theological Trends
Speaker: Dr Park, Dean, Gordan-Conwell Boston Campus.
As a result of work loads and challenges of pastoral or ministry life, pastors are not always aware of the developments within the ever changing theological world. Considering this topic will highlight positive, encouraging facts and provide pointers to developments in theology.
Exploring this topic will give church leaders answers to such questions as:
What are the global trends that specifically influence present day theology?
How does an understanding of these trends impact the church community leaders presently serve in, and are there future implications, if any?
What is the best way for a local church pastor to develop their theology, and then communicate that effectively into the lives of God’s community?
Due to the wide scope of experiences ministerially and educationally the hope is that this subject will stimulate an interest and a desire to grow theologically no matter the level of academic proficiency.
Dr. Park joined Gordon-Conwell in 2004 after years of extensive archaeological work in Israel, and teaching internationally in Argentina and Palestine. Fluent in four languages—Korean, Spanish, English and Modern Hebrew—he currently teaches Old Testament, Biblical Hebrew and Biblical Archaeology. He has published numerous articles about his fieldwork and other subjects related to Israel and the Old Testament. Dr. Park was also the acting director of Harvard University’s Ashkelon Archaeological Laboratory in Israel, and was a conference session chair at the 5th World Archaeological Congress in Washington, D.C. During his career, Dr. Park has held a number of leadership positions, including his current appointment as a board member at the Institute of Christian Leadership. He previously served as missionary for Palestinians in the West Bank; founded Boston Onnuri Church in Boston, MA; served as assistant preacher at Netivyah Messianic Jewish Congregation in Jerusalem, Israel; and has initiated several outreach ministry efforts around the globe.
Day 1 Special guest: Dr.Thomas Price : Adjunct Professor of Theology, Philosophy, and Ethics - University of Saint Joseph and Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary. Professor Price will discuss “Trends in Christian Thought".
Wednesday, 23 October - Homiletics
Speaker: Dr Mike Allen - Pastor, Lighthouse Christian Fellowship (Sandwich).
Whatever their level of experience, most pastors need to be reminded and refreshed in the art of communicating.
This topic will provide tips and explore present-day trends as tools in the hands of pastors to advance their communication skills. Areas that will be highlighted are: how to research; keys to exegesis; basic hermeneutics; and keys for right delivery. Both the theory and application of preaching are part of the core functions of the pastor, thus the desire is to be encouraged and further equipped in this field.
After college, Mike has served on staff with Young Life as a high school football coach in Kansas, assistant pastor and youth pastor at churches in Oklahoma and youth pastor at Grace Chapel in Lexington, MA. Mike also served as a speaker and worship leader at various camps and conferences prior to his current position as a pastor on Cape Cod. Mike has a Masters in Divinity from Seminary of the East; he furthered earned his doctorate (D.Min) in preaching from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in 2017. He is presently pursuing his masters degree in theology from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.
Thursday, October 24 - Spiritual Formations
Speaker: Dr Susan P. Currie, Associate for Spiritual Formation with Leadership Transformations Inc, and Director of the Selah Certificate Program in SpiritualDirection; Affiliated Clergy, All Saints Cathedral, Amesbury MA
Sabbath for Shepherds: Rhythms of rest with the Great Shepherd
There remains a Sabbath Rest for the People of God… (Hebrews 4:9). Through teaching, prayerful reflection, and group processing we’ll explore the Lord’s desire for us to experience Sabbath as a creational, redemptional, and eschatological rhythm of life ~ and as his invitation to us, in our own rhythms of life and ministry, to live and serve from a deep relationship of trust.
Susan serves as Associate for Spiritual Formation with Leadership Transformations Inc, offering retreat leadership and spiritual direction to individuals, local churches, and wider church and parachurch bodies, and directing the Selah Certificate Program in Spiritual Direction (offering Selah-East’s residency retreat training in New England and the Mid-Atlantic, Selah-West’s in Arizona, and Selah-Europe’s in… Europe!). She and her husband Dave (Dean of the DMin Program and the Ockenga Institute at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary) are Affiliated Clergy with All Saints’ Anglican Cathedral in Amesbury, MA, and together they lead the Anglican Track at Gordon-Conwell. Susan is a graduate of Bryn Mawr College (BA), Gordon-Conwell (MATS, DMin), and the spiritual direction certificate program of CFDM Pacific Northwest.