“I am in that stage of life,” says Gordon MacDonald, “when I feel the call to be a spiritual father to a younger generation.”
How does a good father talk? Gently, lovingly, graciously. After 40 years in ministry, Gordon MacDonald prayed about God’s next call for his life. The answer was to be a father to younger leaders. And to those younger leaders, he encourages: if your call is real then it needs to become more real every day. Come and join Gordon as he opens up and shares insights from over 40 years of ministry experience, drawing upon vital lessons in living out a fulfilling calling. As pastors, leaders or those in training, this will be a day to savour, providing space for each of us to receive fatherly wisdom and clarity for the way forward.
About Gordon MacDonald
Dr. Gordon MacDonald serves as chancellor of Denver Seminary and editor-at-large of Leadership Journal. He is an accomplished speaker, teacher, and author of more than a dozen books, including A Resilient Life: You Can Move Ahead No Matter What, Ordering Your Private World, Secrets of a Generous Life, The Life God Blesses, and Renewing Your Spiritual Passion. He also serves as editor-at-large forLeadership Journal.
Gordon was a pastor for more than forty years, 21 of those years at Grace Chapel, Lexington, Massachusetts. He also led other congregations in New York City, Southern Illinois and Kansas. For three years MacDonald was president of Inter Varsity Christian Fellowship. In 2008/09 he served as the Interim President of Denver Seminary.
“Gordon has served the WCA and UK pastors so well over the last 10+ years and we are delighted to welcome him back.”
Will Salmon, Executive Director, WCA UK & Ireland
Session 1 | Grow up: Maturing is a life-long pursuit
Session 2 | Connect deeply: You can’t make it without friends
Lunch (own arrangements)
Session 3 | Work wisely: Effectiveness is everything
Session 4 | Build people: Ignore this, and you miss ministry
Dates & Venues
9 February: Rising Brook Baptist Church, Burton Square, Stafford, ST17 9LT
13 February: Kerith Community Church, Church Road, Bracknell, RG12 1EH
Endorsements from previous WCA events with Gordon
“Like sitting at the feet of a master being shovel-fed gold! Short, sweet and true of any time I sit under GMAC!”
Pastor Andrew Gardner, Fulwood Free Methodist Church
“Not bad for an old dude! Pure wisdom for the next part of my journey. I’ll live off of this day for a very long time.”
Duncan Banks, The Forge Community Church
“Over the years I have been encouraged and challenged to go to the next level in many different ways by speakers associated to WCA. Of all the great leaders to come across from the States, the one I make sure I clear time for in my diary is Gordon McDonald. Why? The practical wisdom that he consistently shares, prompts me to not just to sustain and succeed in my ministry but also in my life.”
Anthony Delaney, Ivy Manchester
“I found it a great privilege to have the opportunity to meet and listen to such a father in the faith. His wisdom resulting from so many years of experience was enlightening.”
Mike Holmes, Bethlehem Church Life Centre
“Deep, affirming teaching that reminded me why I was in leadership! Thank you.”
“Gordon speaks in terms that are understandable and is easy to listen to, giving food for thought with Scriptural backing. Commonsense linked to wisdom. Thanks for a great day.”
Marian Edwins, On Track Ministries
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