“The purpose of this letter is to affirm enthusiastically the mission of the AoP which is to identify, network, support, and inspire young people in their call to Gospel preaching. It’s exciting work and Johnson C. Smith Theological Seminary is delighted to collaborate with you in this mission.”
So began the hundredth letter of Partnership from Dean Paul Roberts. So concluded our successful strategy to secure 100 Partners for the Academy of Preachers. I am glad to announce that three and half years after our launch, we have concluded a two-pronged effort to secure Partners in support of the Academy of Preachers. Our first Partnership goal was to secure 50 Founding Partners: the Lilly Endowment of Indianapolis was the first, and Harvard Divinity School the 50th. Our second Partnership goal was to add 50 National Partners and thus create a national network of 100 businesses, congregations, denominations, institutions and organizations who affirm our mission and seek to collaborate with us in some way. Volunteers of America, Southeast Region (with offices in Mobile, Alabama) was the first National Partner, and now Johnson C. Smith Theological Seminary of Atlanta is the 50th.
Thank you, Dean Roberts. Your support and association with us is cause for rejoicing; but it is also deeply needed, especially because you and your institution reside in Atlanta, Georgia, where the Academy will host the 4th National Festival of Young Preachers (January 2-5, 2013). We will need your help to make this upcoming Festival the best ever.
Johnson C. Smith Theological Seminary becomes the 10th AoP Partner in the Atlanta region. The others include the Regional Council of Churches of Atlanta, Morehouse College, McAfee School of Theology, Northeast Baptist Church, Christian Media/Day1, Point University, Baptist Women in Ministry, the Fund for Theological Education, and Candler School of Theology.
We would like to secure many more Partners in the Atlanta area, and we welcome scores of new Partners elsewhere in the United States. To that end we will continue soliciting National Partners; and I am already delighted to announced that Partner number 101 is an institution in another strategic location: Austin, Texas, site of the Texas Regional Festival of Young Preachers (September 28-29, 1012).
“Greetings in the name of the risen Lord,” wrote Rev. Donald Brewington one day after Dean Roberts. “It is with joy that I correspond with you on behalf of Religious Life and Campus Ministry on the Huston-Tillotson University Campus. As the office which concerns itself with the religious and spiritual development of students on the university campus, I would like to acknowledge support of the Academy of Preachers. … I would like to partner with you as we engage our young preachers as well as young preachers from campuses around the country as we seek to assist them in developing these skills.”
Want to be a part of a great movement of God? Write me a letter of partnership and join us in our mission to Identify, Network, Support, and Inspire young people in their call to Gospel preaching.