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Pastors Day 2017

January 26, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Confessions of a Pastor
Keynote Speaker – Gordon MacDonald

55% of pastors experience loneliness and discouragement.

Many pastors have difficulty finding safe places and safe people where they can be real about the challenges of life and ministry. Join us for an encouraging and interactive day of dialogue about confession. Lunch included.

We will:

  • Explore barriers to appropriate vulnerability
  • Discover the value and healing power of confession
  • Learn how to identify safe places and safe people.

Who should attend:

  • Pastors/ministry couples
  • Church/nonprofit leaders
  • Denominational staff
Pastors Day 2017 Program
  • 8:30                        Registration begins
  • 9:01 – 9:20            Worship
  • 9:30 – 10:30          Confessions of a Pastor – Gordon MacDonald
  • 10:30 – 10:45         Q& A with Gordon   (and possibly Gail)
  • 10:45 – 11:15          Break
  • 11:15 – 11:55          Universality of our Brokenness – Cathy Gates
  • 11:55 – 12:25         Needs assessment
  • 12:25 – 1:30            Lunch
  • 1:30 – 2:10            Shame and Vulnerability- John Garner
  • 2:10 – 2:50            Confessions of a Pastor – Gordon MacDonald
  • 3:00 – 3:40           Response and communion – Michael  Piett
  • 3:40                        Worship

Book display provided by:

Keynote Speaker:
Gordon MacDonald

Gordon MacDonald is an author, speaker, and teacher, and was a pastor for more than 40 years.   He is currently Chancellor of Denver Seminary.  Gordon’s academic background includes a BA from the University of Colorado (1962), and a MDiv from Denver Seminary (1966). Denver Seminary awarded him an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree in 2011, and Barrington College (which later merged with Gordon College) awarded him an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree in 1979.

Gordon has written more than two dozen books and co-authored others with his wife, Gail. Perhaps his best known book has been Ordering Your Private World which won the Gold Medallion and the Platinum Awards from the Evangelical Christian Publishing Association. There are almost 1.5 million copies of this book in print, and it has been translated into a dozen languages. Among his other books are Secrets of a Generous Life, Renewing Your Spiritual Passion, Mid-Course Correction, and A Resilient Life. His most recent books are Who Stole my Church (2010) Going Deep: Becoming a Person of Influence (2011) and Building Below the Waterline: Shoring Up the Foundations of Leadership (2011). He writes regularly for Leadership Journal and also writes a column which appears on the LeadershipJournal.net website.

MacDonald serves as editor-at-large with Leadership Journal, a publication of Christianity Today, Inc. Until September of 2007, he was the chairman of the board of World Relief Corporation, an NAE-associated relief and development organization committed to the alleviation of suffering and poverty in the areas of HIV/AIDS, micro-enterprise development, refugee resettlement, and disaster assistance. He also speaks frequently at conferences for the Willow Creek Association, both in the United States and in other parts of the world. Privately, he engages with company leaders as an executive coach.

Gordon and Gail MacDonald, married 53 years, live in Concord, New Hampshire. Their great satisfaction is in their two married children and five grandchildren. The MacDonalds are also hikers, bikers, kayakers, and voracious readers.


January 26, 2017
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Thrive Ministeries


Harbour Fellowship Church
51 S Service Rd
St. Catharines, Ontario L2R 6P9 Canada
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