Round Two in Indiana

April 16, 2014

By Dwight Moody

Last year the Indiana Conference of the United Methodist Church hosted a Festival of Young Preachers in conjunction with the Annual Meeting. It was a smashing success.

Consider these facts:

•One young preacher, Tyler Best, AoP ’12, designed and managed the 2013 festival
•18 young people preached in the 2013 INUMC festival
•INUMC preacher Elizabeth Pollard AoP ’14 was featured in a plenary session of the 2014 National Festival of Young Preachers
•Trip Lowery, Director of the UMC office of Young Adult Ministry Discernment and Enlistment attended and wrote about it
•Ministers of the Church of the Resurrection in Kansas City read about it and resolved to plan a similar festival for the whole UMC

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“Unbroken” and Unbelievable!

April 14, 2014

By Dwight Moody

Laura Hillenbrand wrote a book called “Seabiscuit” and it made her famous. Probably rich, as well. I saw the movie. Actually, I went to the acting call for local extras but was unable to show up at Keeneland when the time came. So much for my career on the big screen.

Now Laura has written another book: actually in 2010, but I am just now reading it (having been loaned a copy by my friend Julie Roe).

It is called “Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption.”

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Learning from TED

April 11, 2014

By Dwight Moody

TED talks have become all the rage.

It began in 1984 with a single conference that brought together devotees of technology, entertainment, and design. The format was simple: get up and talk about it.

Their mission, now 30 years and counting, is stated on their web site:

“TED is a global community, welcoming people from every discipline and culture who seek a deeper understanding of the world. We believe passionately in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and, ultimately, the world. On, we’re building a clearinghouse of free knowledge from the world’s most inspired thinkers — and a community of curious souls to engage with ideas and each other, both online and at TED and TEDx events around the world, all year long.”

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Evolution – AoP Style

April 3, 2014

By Wyndee Holbrook

Wyndee resizedIn 2015 the National Festival of Young Preachers will in some ways be very different from past Festivals.   Each year we learn from suggestions, mistakes and trial and error, all part of the learning curve.  However, this year really opens up some unique possibilities and we plan to take full advantage.

The Fest will always be an inspirational and transformational experience for Young Preachers and attendees from across the country.   We’ll never lose focus on the importance of hearing the voices of Young Preachers, but you can expect some dynamic new twists in 2015 as the Festival keeps evolving and growing. 

Check out these new features coming to the National Festival of Young Preachers January 2—5, 2015 in Dallas, TX.

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Texas, Here we come

April 1, 2014

By Dwight Moody

187A0200We came to Texas last week, for the third annual Texas Regional Festival of Young Preachers.

In every way it was outstanding.

Thanks to Abilene Christian University for hosting our team (Wyndee and me), 18 young preachers, five exhibitors, and a host of convenors, evaluators, and observers. Their hospitality was outstanding, facilities unmatched, and the weather? blue skies, warm sun, and gentle breeze. What’s not to like?

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