At Gordon College it is our desire to stand with those who are working to reach and mold the next generation. One of the ways we do that is through the Gordon College Symposium Series. Through this series, we bring some of the top speakers in the country to address timely issues. These symposiums, designed with the specific audience in mind, are held both on the Gordon College campus and at other locations around the country. Please see the listing below for upcoming events.
Youth Ministry Symposiums
The world of youth ministry is truly at the front lines of the church's engagement with our culture. It is our desire to invest in today's youth ministry leaders, with the goal of both encouraging and equipping them in their work. We do that by bringing in a top name speaker whose current research is addressing one of the hot button topics in the youth ministry world. Those who work with youth are invited to "come back to school" for a day and attend our one-day professional conference free of charge.
We have been hosting the symposiums here on the Gordon College campus for twelve years and the response of the youth ministry community of New England has been tremendous. We continue that tradition with our 2013 Gordon College Symposium on Youth Ministry.
In today's fast changing culture, the job of parenting (and grandparenting) has gotten much more challenging. It is not unusual for parents to find themselves looking for answers and information so that they can best guide their children through the turbulent waters of adolescence. It is with all of this in mind that we have added a parenting component to our symposium series. Gordon College's Parents' Symposiums will look at some of the challenging issues of parenting with the goal of better equipping parents for the important job that they do each and every day.
Begun in 2010, the parents' symposiums will be expanding to additional sites around the country. Please check back for future listings.
Dr. Mark Cannister, will be joining us this year as the featured speaker of our symposium series. Mark serves as co-chair of the Department of Biblical Sudies and Christian Ministries and Professor of Christian Ministries at Gordon College in Wenham, Massachusetts. A student ministry researcher, author, and leadership strategist, Mark also serves as the Senior Editor of the Journal of Youth Ministry. Active consulting with student ministries in New England, Mark is active in the leadership at Grace Chapel in Lexington, Massachusetts where he has served as an elder, an adult education teacher and student ministry consultant. An author who has contributed mucy to the field of student ministries, Mark's book, Teenagers Matter: Making Student Ministry a Priority in the Church, is being published by Baker Academic in October 2013. He and his wife, Nancy, are use to the world of having teenagers in their home. Their daughter, Kasey, will be a college freshman this fall as their son, Ryan, enters his junior year of high school.