We have been in Louisville for three years: three good years. More than 300 young preachers have come to Louisville for the 2010, 2011, and 2012 National Festival of Young Preachers. Their sermons have been prepared, recorded, published, and broadcast. Our Louisville sojourn has been grand; and we thank St. Matthews Baptist Church, Middletown Christian Church, Cathedral of the Assumption, and the Seelbach Hilton Hotel for hosting us.
But now: Atlanta.
The 2013 National Festival of Young Preachers is coming to Atlanta, to the Grand Hyatt in Buckhead, to the 2,400 churches in the metro area, to the scores of schools and seminaries who are shaping the hundreds of Young Preachers of Atlanta. We are coming to give 120 young preachers an opportunity to stand and deliver a semon on our 2012 preaching theme: GOSPEL AND THE CITY.
For the first time we are scheduling 10 workshops right square in the middle of the Festival. Each Young Preacher will be able to attend these workshops designed to teach, instruct, and benefit. On the evening of Thursday, January 3, we will unveil a new Festival festure: a Gospel Slam. This Slam event will identify high school age young people and invite them also to stand and deliver a Gospel message by engaging a wider spectrum of the spoken word: poetry, rap, witness, oratory, testimony (to name a few), plus, preaching. And on Friday night, January 4, we will convene the National Festival with the third annual PREACHAPALOOZA.
The core of this convergence of Young Preachers will be the preaching: not from seasoned experts or famous pulpiters, but from the talented, consecrated, inspirational cadre of young people who will shape the Christian community in the years ahead. This is their event, their day, their platform, their voice, their gospel. And it is powerful.
Come to Atlanta: friends and family, deans and presidents, professors and teachers, exhibitors and recruiters, conveners and evaluations. Come to Atlanta for the 2013 National Festival of Young Preachers.