In the fall of 2012, Dr. Paul Nyquist shared his vision for broadcasting, publishing and education at the Moody Bible Institute to have a more global impact. Having already established relationships with international media ministries, the leadership of Moody Radio began thinking and praying about ways that they could partner with those ministries. Through research and dialogue, the need for training in other nations became obvious.
With a pool of extremely talented and experienced media professionals on staff, Moody Radio began working on the Global Partners Training Initiative. In partnership with media ministries from Eastern Europe, Moody Radio hosted its ﬁrst Global Partners Training Conference in Soﬁa, Bulgaria last November. One hundred and ﬁfteen delegates from eight countries attended the training, which taught skills such as program production, marketing and engineering.
This summer Moody Radio will be joining forces with HCJB (Heralding Christ Jesus’ Blessings) Global, Theovision International (a Ghanaian-based media ministry) and Africa by Radio to host the second global partners training in Accra, Ghana, West Africa. The team of ﬁfteen will include Collin Lambert, vice president of broadcasting, Brian Dahlen, professor and coordinating producer for the Morning Ride, Brian Kammerzelt, chair of the communications department, and four communication students.
Stephen Asare, Moody Radio’s Project Coordinator for Marketing and Development said, “We really want to invest in the student body at Moody, and we feel that this will be a great opportunity for communication majors to get hands-on experience in contextualizing all that they have learned, but also glean from seasoned professionals in the different aspects of media.” The students will not only assist in the training, but they will also be responsible for creating ofﬁcial content for Moody Radio’s social media platforms and for collecting and analyzing data. The training will be held from June 18 until June 21 on the Akuapem Mountain at Hephzibah Christian Centre, which is about ﬁfteen minutes from the capital city of Accra. The sessions will be structured so that the participants will receive theoretical and practical training in all aspects of radio programming, social media, internet ministry, television and leadership.
Asare added, “The mornings will be very content heavy, but when we come back from our lunch breaks, the participants will have a chance to practically apply what they have learned in the morning.” The program isn’t just meant to give delegates the practical skills, but is focused on providing biblical training as well. “We are planning evening sessions of worship led by a local team, and we are excited to have Dr. Winfred Neely, professor of pastoral studies, join us. He will be tying God’s word into all that was learned throughout the day,” Asare said. “I believe that everyone who will be at the training will walk away from it better equipped to continue spreading the Gospel through media.”