Indianapolis, January 1, 2014
Catching an 8:30 a.m. flight to a young preachers conference in Indianapolis on New Year’s Day is not a normal way to observe the holiday, but that is my assignment so here I am. My amiable traveling companions, seminary M.Div. students in the create program, Kimberly White and Matthew Sievert, have already engaged seat companions in theological conversation and befriended another preacher headed toward the conference. A lost boarding pass did not slow us down much.
Main events begin tomorrow – preaching circles, preaching sessions, preaching workshops, preaching in worship. Even the young man behind the hotel desk who checked us in confessed a calling to preach!
You’ll be hearing from Kimberly and Matt at a blog on this site as they join me in posting reflections on this experience. Now to bed. Happy New year!
I’m from Overland Park and in my last year of the Masters of Divinity Foundations program. I have appreciated that Central is concerned with us as whole people and is purposeful in equipping us as ethical, caring, conscientious and knowledgeable pastors. The courses have been academically rigorous, but also have required us to put our hearts and actions under a microscope. Being in classes with people from such diverse denominations, theological viewpoints, cultures and life experiences has also deepened and enriched the experience. Central has been a place of learning, training and stretching, and I couldn’t be more grateful for my time here.