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 am currently in my second year in Brite Divinity School’s Ph.D. program in Pastoral Theology. The program is enriching and challenging, and is allowing me to explore research questions that have deep implications for me both vocationally and personally. Little did I know at the time of my matriculation, Central’s create program was preparing me for this unique experience. The curriculum of create, and the culture of Central, nurtured my deep interests in theological education, and equipped me for meaningful ministerial engagement. Because of create’s focus on praxis and innovative ministry involvement, I found myself uniquely positioned for various levels of engagement with the Church, communities, and the wider global context.