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Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

130 Essex Street

Hamilton, MA 01982

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What are your top priorities as a spiritual leader in the body of Christ? With all the heavy demands on leadership today, that which rises to the top of the list is often the most urgent and seldom the most important. The 2017 Symposium on Spiritual Health is designed to empower you and your team to focus on what matters most: spiritual health and vitality.

Join other pastors, ministry leaders, church and business leaders as we explore what it means to deepen your personal spiritual vitality as you attend to the spiritual health of others. This intensive cohort experience will be instructed and facilitated by Rev. Dr. Stephen Macchia, Founder and President, Leadership Transformations; Director, Pierce Center, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.

Joining him will be Dr. Susan P. Currie, Director of Selah and Dr. Jeremy Stefano, Director of Emmaus. Additional support will be provided by Dr. David A. Currie, Dean of Doctor of Ministry and Ockenga Institute, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. The symposium will take place on the campus of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, Hamilton, MA.

During this five-day event you’ll experience 12 interactive sessions on subjects like "Recognizing the Neglected Soul," "Spiritual Practices: Scripture, Prayer, Reflection," “Rhythms of Renewal,” “Spiritual Friendships” and "Spiritual Communities: Church, Team, Small Group." Plus, you’ll experience a full-day, facilitated Soul Care Retreat on Wednesday for your own rest and renewal. For a full schedule, contact the Shoemaker Center at shoemaker@gordonconwell.edu.

The symposium is made possible in part by the Marshall Hudson/Baraca Philathea endowment. A Certificate of Completion will be given at the end of the symposium; CEU's are available.

Limited to 25 participants. Fee: $775 (registration by May 15) $850 (after May 15) Contact the Shoemaker Center for information on available scholarships. Fee includes Symposium, Retreat, Instruction, Materials, Snacks, and Lunches, Dinner Thursday. Fee does not include books, travel, overnight lodging (see FAQ's for lodging suggestions)

Suggested preparations for the Symposium:
1. Prayerfully consider "the state of your soul" and come prepared to share with symposium participants.
2. Read two texts Crafting a Rule of Life (IVP) and Broken and Whole (IVP) both by Stephen A. Macchia.
3. Research and write up a "definition of the soul" and bring any questions you have been wrestling with regarding "spiritual health" for your personal journey and your ministry.
4. Bring your Bible, prayer guide, journal and pen..your primary tools for the week.
5. Try to leave your technology at home - We wish to encourage a 'low-tech-high relational' setting.


Monday, June 12 (12 noon – 4pm)
Noon – Welcome Lunch
Afternoon:Introductions and State of Soul Sharing
Session 1: What is the Soul?
Session 2: Recognizing the Neglected Soul

Tuesday, June 13 (8:30am – 4pm)
Session 3: Feeding the Forgotten Soul: The Why of Spiritual Health
Session 4: Spiritual Practices: Scripture, Prayer, Reflection
Noon - Symposium Lunch
Session 5: Sabbath Rest
Session 6: Rhythms of Renewal

Wednesday, June 14 (8:30am – 4pm)
Soul Care Retreat Day – Experiencing Spiritual Vitality (Retreat House, GCTS Campus)
Worship, Instruction, Silence/Solitude, Community Reflections
Lunch Included on Retreat

Thursday, June 15 (8:30am – 4pm)
Session 7: Retreat Reflections
Session 8: Rule of Life
Noon – Symposium Lunch
Session 9: Spiritual Friendships
Session 10: Spiritual Communities: Church, Team, Small Group

Thursday Evening (5:30-7:30pm) – Symposium Dinner and Fellowship

Friday, June 16 (8:30am – 12 noon)
Session 11: Facilitating Spiritual Health: Leading with Heart, Soul, Mind, and Weakness
Session 12: Wrap Up: So What? Now What?
Certificates and CEU’s
Noon – Departure


What are my housing options near campus?

We have reserved a room block at TownPlace Suites in Danver, MA. Please call Marriott Reservations at 1 (800) 257-3000 or (978) 777-6222 on or before Monday, May 22, 2017 to make your room reservations. Please identify yourself as part of the Gordon-Conwell Room Block group staying at the TownePlace Suites Boston North Shore/Danvers, located at 238 Andover Street, Danvers, MA 01923-1348. The room rate is $129/night.

Other options:

Courtyard Marriott Danvers, 978-777-8630, www.marriott.com

DoubleTree Hilton, 978-777-2500, www.doubletree3.hilton.com

What are the parking options on campus?

Please follow the signs for parking. There is a large parking lot behind the Academic Center.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Contact the Shoemaker Center for Church Renewal at shoemaker@gordonconwell.edu.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

Yes, your ticket has a bar code that will be scanned at the Registration Table when you check in. The Registration table will be located outside of Kerr 418. Please look for the signs directing you to the event.

Cancellation Policy

3 weeks before event (May 22) 100% refund less $25 processing fee
2 weeks before event (May 29) 75% refund less $25 processing fee
1 week before event (June 5) 50% refund less $25 process fee

No refund after June 9

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