Upcoming Events at the Institute for Ministry

Pastoral Care – Dr Zack Eswine

In-service Training Opportunity

Wednesday 22 May 2024


Assembly Buildings

  • Pastoral Care for the Foolish
  • Pastoral Care for the Scoffer
  • Pastoral Care for the Crushed-in-spirit
  • Pastoral Care through the Seasons of Life
  • Evening Worship: Wise Care When We’re Sick (James 5:14-16)

Cost: £40 (includes coffee, lunch and evening meal)

To book your place call 028 9020 5080

or email Tricia Todd: p.todd@union.ac.uk

Dr. Eswine continues as an adjunct professor at Covenant Theological Seminary while also serving as Lead Pastor at Riverside Church (EPC) in Webster Groves, Missouri, where he has served since 2008. Additionally, Dr. Eswine leads and writes for Sage Christianity, a ministry focused on bringing doubts and questions into conversation with the wisdom of Jesus.

Dr. Eswine is the author of a number of books including Spurgeon’s Sorrows: Realistic Hope for those who Suffer from Depression

Equipping your church family for evangelism – Rico Tice

Wednesday 12th June 2024

930am – 330pm

£40 (includes refreshments & lunch)

Union Theological College, Belfast

To book your place call 028 9020 5080

or email UTC: admin@union.ac.uk

Rico is a passionate evangelist, and former Senior Minister of Evangelism at All Souls, Langham Place in London. Co-Founder of Christianity Explored Ministries, he is a regular speaker at missions and evangelistic events around the world.

The aim of this day conference, hosted by the Institute for Ministry, is to encourage and stimulate ministers, elders, APPS, staff teams and local leadership, in equipping God’s people, in the local church, in the work of evangelism.

Spaces are limited but booking essential.

To book your place call 028 9020 5080; email UTC: admin@union.ac.uk or


Hidden Hope in Lament: Pastoral Care, Preaching, and Suffering

Thursday 5th September – Friday 6th September


£40 per day / £60 for the full conference

(includes refreshments and lunch)

Booking is essential

To book your place call 028 9020 5080; email UTC: admin@union.ac.uk or


Union Theological College

Main Sessions:

1.            Can Christians Be Sad?                                 Sean McDonough                         

2.            A Theology and Practice of Life                  Karen Mason

3.            The Neglected Genre of Lament                Jeffrey Arthurs

4.            Life Beyond Answers: The End of Job       Sean McDonough

5.            The Essentials of Suicide Prevention         Karen Mason

6.            Don’t Forget to Remember (Psalm 77)     Jeffrey Arthurs

In the final session Dr Arthurs will preach as part of a worship service.


Dr. Jeffrey Arthurs, Robinson Chair of Preaching and Communication, Director of the Haddon W. Robinson Center for Preaching, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.

Dr Karen Mason, Professor of Counselling and Psychology, Director of the Hamilton Counselling Department, Gordon-Conwell Seminary. Her research is focused on the clergy’s and faith community’s role in suicide prevention.

Dr Sean McDonough, Professor of New Testament, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.