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 belong to the Kachin ethnic group in Myanmar. I am now serving as an associate minister at a Baptist church in Kachin State, which is in the northern part of Myanmar. We have over 7000 church members at my church.
I have been in ministry for over 17 years. I know that in order to lead my congregation effectively, I need more education. I believe that this D.Min. program will enhance my ministry today and into the future.
Learning together with other students from Myanmar has been very valuable for me. I have enjoyed living together. I have also learned from the Shawnee D.Min. students as well. It is good to be able to appreciate each other’s cultures and ministry experiences.