About the Moody Center
The Moody Center exists to preserve the heritage of D.L. Moody at the Northfield property and to continue his mission. The Center has three main operations:
Events: The Moody Center is a convening place for ministries and individuals. Keeping in the spirit of the training that D.L. Moody offered at Northfield, the Center provides the facilities for groups to bring retreats, seminars, and other gatherings to encourage and equip believers. By providing this space rooted in a rich heritage of faith & revival, we believe The Moody Center can be part of transforming spiritual life in New England and beyond.
Revitalization: The Center is committed to preserving and revitalizing the legacy of D.L. Moody by collecting and preserving archives for a museum. Continuing to provide tours and adding the Northfield property to national religious tour stops will ensure people learn and remember who D.L. Moody was and his impact.
Education: The Center is developing online resources to continue Moody’s mission of training skilled workers for the Lord. A special initiative to digitize Moody’s letters and other written documents is underway, and these digital archives will be made available for research.
As The Moody Center continues to grow, we will continue to grow and expand programs that will further our values. The underlying theme through all our work is to continue Moody’s mission of bringing the good news of Jesus.
Why the Moody Center
Matters to Me
Moody’s legacy is most important because his commitment to the Gospel of Jesus Christ brought him before literally millions of people around the world. Even coming from Northfield, MA, at that time a very rural, remote and insignificant place, God chose to use him to touch the world’s cultures, societies and nations with the transformative message of Jesus.
To impact people for Christ through connection, education, and D.L. Moody’s legacy
Connecting D.L. Moody’s legacy to the present and future by using innovative resources for worldwide impact.
God’s Word. Evangelism. Education. Connecting. Entrepreneurship.
History of the Northfield Campus
The Northfield campus stands as an iconic piece of D.L. Moody’s legacy. Located in the Connecticut River Valley of Massachusetts, the Northfield campus originally began as two institutions- Northfield Seminary for Young Ladies in 1879, and the Mount Hermon School for Boys in 1881. The goal of these institutions was educating young people who had limited access to education because of their financial status. Moody sought to influence the minds and hearts of these young people to work for Christ.
Northfield quickly became a place of renewal and inspiration. Thousands of people descended upon Northfield each year, staying weeks and months at a time. The campuses’ enrollments grew rapidly and new buildings were raised. The College Bible Conference, the Student Volunteer Movement, and numerous revival conferences originated on the Mount Hermon Campus.
Will Moody, eldest son of Mr. Moody, had said, “[Moody] had one great change that developed in the last years of his life. More and more, he believed in education. Not as a substitute for the gospel, but as a necessary compliment of substantive material. A month before he died, he remarked that although he was known as an evangelist, the day would come that he would be seen as his greatest service was as an educator: the founding of Northfield Seminary, Mount Hermon School for Boys, and the Bible Institute in Chicago.”
Now, the Northfield campus is poised to become a place of renewal yet again with the launch of The Moody Center that will continue D.L. Moody’s legacy.
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About D.L. Moody
D.L. Moody has become a storied legend of Christian history. He is remembered for being a humble man who cut through the stale religion of the Victorian era by meeting people as they were with the love of God.
In 1856, Moody began the start of his evangelistic mission in Chicago. He experienced many challenges and setbacks in ministry, but his growing desire to preach Christ was never dimmed. By the 1870s, he led revivals across America and the British Isles, and his ministry continued long after that. It is estimated that he preached to 100 million and many gave their lives to Christ.
His innovative approach to evangelism by finding unique ways, such as tents at the World Fair, to draw in people were important in his mission. He worked tirelessly to fundraise and mobilize churches and leaders to work in unity, no matter the denomination.
One of the lasting impacts Moody had was through his entrepreneurial spirit. He published hymnals and small dime novels so people of all classes could easily have Christian material. Yet with his great humility, he used these successes only to further the ministry, not claiming profit for himself.
Towards his later years, Moody began to recognize the need for a focus on education as well. He saw that many young people could not afford an education and many Christian workers did not have adequate training to share the gospel truths effectively. He launched two educational institutions at Northfield that rapidly grew and spurred further training programs. Northfield was a hub for inspiration and launched many in their mission for Christ.
Moody’s ideals for evangelism can still be found through the many theologians, education institutes, ministries, and churches with roots in Moody’s heritage. His influence will continue to shine brightly. President William McKinley said of Moody, “He was a good man and also great; greatness and goodness is a rare combination.”