Twelve Young Preachers, three coaches, two days and a whirlwind of passion made up AoP’s first ever weekend preaching camp. Point University in West Point, GA was the site on September 14 & 15 for the Young Preachers to stretch their skills and shine.
The AoP partnered with Point to bring the six Gospel Catalysts to campus to join with six Point preaching students to share ideas, sermons and feedback. The sermonic theme was Gospel and the City as all participants used the Camp to prepare for January’s National Festival of Young Preachers.
Word Painting, Imagination in Preaching was the camp focus, since the goal of Preaching Camp was to expand the preacher’s skill set, or in this case color pallet. On Friday night the group was encouraged by Point’s Dr. Byron Cartwright to grow their imagination through childlike wonder using objects or places to spark ideas.
Each preacher came with an 8-minute sermon outline and story ideas, which they shared with their coaches in teams of 4 as excited conversation filled the rooms. The former strangers were becoming fast friends as they encouraged and fed each other’s vision.
Come saturday, stories from childhood mixed with heartfelt passions and experiences were all shared as each Young Preacher’s creative effort opened the text to the hearer. Two preached with excellence in the first person voices of biblical characters. One let it be known that “Jesus had lots of OMG moments!”
The concluding sermon brought all the pieces of imagination and spirit together in a dramatic weaving of a story montage taking the crowd from anxieties and pain to renewed hope. Each set of four sermons was presented as worship followed by team review and large group reflection.
The 12 Young Preachers ranged in age from 19 to 30, with limited to expansive experience, with denominational range as wide as their home geography and with all sharing the intoxicating passion of gospel preaching.
The preaching camp participants were Point’s Katie Sparks, Michael Thompson, Tavaris Taylor, Justin Fincannon, Caleb Woodall, and Leeanna Allen; Catalysts Larry T. Crudup (Perkins School of Theology), Rachel Brocker (Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago), Brandon Perkins (Columbia Theological Seminary), Kadri Webb (Proctor School of Theology), Aaron Carr (Candler School of Theology) and Dominique Robinson (two time graduate of Candler School of Theology). They each made the most of a great opportunity and will be bringing their A game to Atlanta!
Many thanks to Point University’s Mr. Wye Huxford and Dr. Billy Strother who along with AoP President Dr. Dwight Moody enthusiastically served as preaching coaches. Wyndee Holbrook, AoP’s Lead Gospel Catalyst served as “camp director” (if only she’d had a whistle). The collaboration between the AoP and the University was a terrific example of the true power of partnership. The shared goal of advancing young people in their call to gospel preaching was achieved with mighty results.
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