October 1, 2014

By Dwight Moody

MOody head shot, 2014Oral Roberts University. Aquinas Institute. Southwest Baptist University. Evangel University.

These are the four schools that have opened their hearts and homes to me over the last week; and in between these schools, amazing churches and communities: Rock Church (Roman Catholic) and Crossings (Evangelical) in St. Louis, and especially the Dominican Priory, also in St. Louis.

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AoP, A Gathering of Artists

September 18, 2014

By Joshua Barrett, AoP'13

Josh BarrettI recently read a wonderful article about Ruth Oosterman.  Ruth is an artist – a very good one! – who collaborates with her two year old daughter, Eve, in the creation of her paintings.  How so, you say?  Ruth gives Eve the freedom to draw whatever she would like, and then using the lines and coloring of what Eve drew, adds color and additional lines to produce fascinating paintings (in addition to whatever the original idea was).  The results are stunning! (Read to the end and see for yourself.)

I’d like to think AoP does something similar.  No, you’re not a two year old, and nor is anyone else at the Festival. (I believe that falls a bit short of the age requirements.)  However, when it comes to preaching, each of us sketches a certain way.  We put lines here and color there, illustrations here and exegesis there. Hopefully we develop as we go, I pity the preacher who has everything figured out. But if left largely on our own, our sketches, our sermons, will sound very similar.

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101 Ways to Use the Festival!

September 11, 2014

By Wyndee Holbrook

CBTSOur hats are off to our National Partner, Central Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, Kansas.  They have created the first Festival of Young Preachers Challenge!

Their site reads, “To cultivate God’s call, Central would like to send one college student to the National Festival of Young Preachers completely scholarshipped. The scholarship will pay for the student’s flight, hotel, and all meals. The student will also be given the opportunity to work with Central create director Tyler Tankersley as the Preaching Mentor.”

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Keeping Up With Young Preachers

September 6, 2014

By Dwight Moody

We like to keep up with our Young Preachers…….but it is not easy! When something big and important happens to you, let us know. Like ordination, graduation, marriage, employment, award, relocation, appointment, even the birth of a baby!

Here are a few of the notices we do know about. Hope you enjoy.

Winterbourne Jones, AoP’10 has begun his PhD studies at the Lilly School of Philanthropy at Indiana University in Indianapolis…Bianca Robinson, AoP’12 and Joseph Howard AoP 11 were married in Decatur, Georgia….T J Pancake, AoP’11 graduated from Cedarville University and is a church planter in Dayton, Ohio….J C Campbell, AoP’10 is launching the Trinity Baptist Church in Louisville, Kentucky….Kathryn McNeal, AoP’11, is a student at Yale Divinity School and serves as Youth and Family Ministries Coordinator at St. James Lutheran Church, New Haven, CT.

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AoP Networking Pays Off

August 28, 2014

By Wyndee Holbrook

De’Angelo Smith sent me the nicest text last week. It was a picture of his brand new Abilene Christian University student ID card. A year ago neither De’Angelo nor ACU knew anything about the Academy of Preachers, or each other for that matter. But now, thanks to ACU Graduate School of Theology’s Dean, Tim Sensing eagerly running with the idea once learned about the AoP…

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“Trinity Lutheran Seminary is a place where men and women are formed to be leaders for Christ’s Church at work in the world. We view proclamation as part of this week, and we admire and affirm the work and mission of the Academy of Preachers to inspire young people in their call to preach the gospel.”

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