Board members were presented with a first-time operational plan for the Moody Center during the July 2018 board meeting. As an organization, the Moody Center has developed an initial plan with four primary areas of emphasis:
First, Moody Center Online. This offering of online courses is designed to encourage and educate under-resourced bi-vocational pastors and church leaders. We are pleased to announce that Dr. James Spencer, former dean of Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, will be leading the coursework design, operational plan and handling the completion certifications. One goal is to discover the most popular courses early on and to make those available to the public. In turn, gaining traction as fast as possible.
Second, Moody Center at Northfield. The goal in constructing a master plan for the land was “the best and highest use for every area of the Moody Center.” This included the legacy properties: Moody’s homestead, birthplace, gravesite, the historic auditorium and Revell Hall. It has been decided the Moody Center will need a more adequate facility for guests. Due to a high volume of visitors already, there are plans to build a Moody Center lodge. The lodge will contain hotel rooms, conference and breakout spaces accommodating groups of 25-50 and a 300-seat auditorium with accommodations for dinner meetings of up to 300 guests. This will potentially place the Moody Center in a “sweet spot” for event planners in the Northeast, as well as nationally.
Third, recreational and leisure space. The beautiful wooded areas to the north of the Moody Center will be used for hiking and biking, recreation, cabins in the woods and possibly an RV park. Some of the hiking trails will feed into other New England trails that span hundreds of miles. Not far from the Moody Center’s wooded area is the marina and boat launch. Guests can also kayak on the Connecticut River, which is calm and peaceful. These recreational and leisure options compliment the lodge by adding another dimension to conferences and other meetings.
Fourth, adult active living space. Cottage-style homes will provide inexpensive housing on the Moody Center properties. The vision is for seniors to primarily occupy the housing; yet also provide living space for young teachers and professors re-locating to teach at the college.
The Moody Center at Northfield is to be a body, mind and spirit retreat and event facility.
- Body: Moody Center recreational areas
- Mind: Thomas Aquinas College, with students, books, teachers and researchers
- Spirit: Moody Center Online as a premier resource for bi-vocational pastors
The Moody Center will evolve as a comprehensive community, bringing thousands of people to the Northfield area and providing a marquis conference space with elements of D.L. Moody’s heritage. It also will reflect the forward thinking of some of the youngest and most talented minds in the Christian world, creating new innovations and ideas about how we do the work of Christ.