At The Gospel Coalition New England’s 2013 Leadership Summit, it was announced that TGCNE would be hosting a summer conference for congregational leaders (both lay and vocational). We are excited to announce the details of this event as we move toward opening registration soon.
DATE & PURPOSE
On August 9-10, 2013, we invite you to join us for REFRESH: a summer conference designed to encourage, challenge, and refresh lay leaders, ministry leaders, and the pastors who care for them. It is our hope that ministry teams, small group leaders, elder boards, church staff members, ministry leaders, and their pastors will join us for this event, which has been designed to apply the gospel to the specific challenges of service in the local church. The event will begin at 7pm on Friday, August 9, and will conclude by 4pm on Saturday, August 10.
Our keynote speaker will be Paul David Tripp, who, at our request, has graciously adapted the best insights from his Dangerous Calling and Instruments in the Redeemer’s Hands material with lay leaders and ministry teams in mind. Paul will be leading us through five sessions, covering a variety of topics that are of particular concern to those who faithfully serve the church. During the event, we will also benefit from sessions by Stephen Um and Jeramie Rinne, both of whom will bring pastoral sensitivity and a rich understanding of the New England ministry context to bear.
Thanks to one of our sponsoring organizations, The Ockenga Institute, the event will be held on the beautiful campus of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in South Hamilton, MA. With easy access from major highways, ample parking, reasonable local hotel rates, and an idyllic campus, GCTS is the perfect location for a brief refreshment retreat.
TGCNE’s REFRESH will be open to all ministry leaders at the cost of $50 per person. This price includes a catered lunch on Saturday, along with all conference materials. However, because we desire to see ministry leaders who are married experience and benefit from this conference together with their spouse, we are providing a significant discount for couples. Couples who register together can do so at the reduced rate of $75 per couple.
We hope that you will consider mobilizing the ministry leaders at every level of your church–whether small group leaders, elders, or church staff members–for REFRESH. Pastors, bring your elders and their wives. Ministry coordinators, bring the lay leaders who are under your care. REFRESH is designed to bring gospel-encouragement to you and those with whom you serve, in order to foster a deeper love Christ that will work its way through your entire church, and ultimately throughout our entire region.