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!
“The vocation of the “pastor-theologian” is one that appeals deeply to my personal sense of calling. I have never felt particularly gifted as a “shepherd pastor,” or a “CEO pastor,” but have always had an abiding spiritual curiosity that has led me to seek God both intellectually and in community. Working on a Master of Arts in Theological Studies degree at Central gave me the valuable freedom to explore theology and biblical studies more deeply than I could have imagined. I not only learned how to conduct research in my field of New Testament studies, but I learned how to better form my own questions in search of answers. Central helped me to realize my own vision of making biblical scholarship accessible to the local parish, a vision that I hope to carry well into my future.”