Hendrix College Offers 2021 Willson Lecture, Gill Preaching Workshop Online
Author, pastor of multi-site St. Louis church to preach at Hendrix College Chapel Service via Facebook April 12, teach in Zoom sessions April 13, 20, 27

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CONWAY, Ark. (January 19, 2021) — The Rev. Matt Miofsky will deliver the annual Willson Lecture, which is free and open to the public each year. This year, for the first time, the Willson Lecture will be broadcast from the “Hdx Chapel” Facebook page,, on Monday, April 12 at 6:30 p.m.

Miofsky is the founding and lead pastor of The Gathering United Methodist Church, a multi-site congregation in the Saint Louis area that was recently named the third-fastest growing United Methodist congregation. Before founding The Gathering in 2006, he earned a degree in advanced mathematics and played football at Washington University, attended Candler School of Theology, and served as an associate pastor in the St. Louis area.

Passionate about church planting, connecting with new generations, and multi-site ministry, Miofsky frequently speaks and teaches on these subjects. He is the author of Let Go: Leaning Into the Future Without Fear (Abingdon, May 2019), 8 Virtues of Rapidly Growing Churches (Abingdon, 2018), Happy? What It Is and How to Find It (Abingdon, 2017), Fail: What to Do When Things Go Wrong (Abingdon, 2017); and a contributor to Disciple Fast Track: Into the Word, Into the World (Abingdon, 2017), Flipping Church: How Successful Church Planters Are Turning Conventional Wisdom Upside-Down (Discipleship Resources, 2016), and the DVD project Ask: Faith Questions in a Skeptical Age (Abingdon, 2015).

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The Rev. Matt Miofsky, founding and lead pastor at The Gathering UMC in St. Louis.

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Miofsky has been elected to serve as a delegate to numerous United Methodist General and Jurisdictional Conferences. He is also passionate about the Mozambique safe water ministry he began through The Gathering. To date this ministry has raised almost $2.2 million for safe water and dug more than 175 wells.

How Preaching is Changing: An Online Workshop in Three Sessions

In addition to delivering the Willson Lecture, Miofsky will lead the John and Marjem Gill Preaching Workshop, which will be offered online for the first time in its history. “How Preaching is Changing” will consist of three 75-minute sessions on Zoom, from 10 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. on three consecutive Tuesdays in April:

  • April 13 – “Crafting and Delivering a Conversational Sermon”
  • April 20 – “Preaching Hard Topics”
  • April 27 – “Preaching on Camera and Online”

The cost for participants is $35 and includes a copy of Miofsky’s latest book, which will be used in the workshop. Registration is now open through Eventbrite. To learn more, visit

About the Willson Lectures

The Willson Lectures were established at Hendrix in 1956 for the purpose of bringing outstanding speakers to discuss spiritual values, sound family relations, and vital issues confronting the world today. The Willson Lectures are made possible through the generosity of Dr. and Mrs. Jim Willson, who have established lectureships at 23 United Methodist colleges nationwide.

About the John and Marjem Gill Preaching Workshop

The John and Marjem Gill Preaching Workshop aims to strengthen the United Methodist Church by enhancing clergy’s ability to proclaim the gospel in ways that are relevant to the needs of our time, and to enhance dialogue and fellowship among clergy colleagues. Since 1984, Hendrix has helped facilitate this annual gathering, providing preachers throughout Arkansas with continuing education and training toward becoming more effective preachers.

About Hendrix College

A private liberal arts college in Conway, Arkansas, Hendrix College consistently earns recognition as one of the country’s leading liberal arts institutions, and is featured in Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think About Colleges. Its academic quality and rigor, innovation, and value have established Hendrix as a fixture in numerous college guides, lists, and rankings. Founded in 1876, Hendrix has been affiliated with the United Methodist Church since 1884. To learn more, visit


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