October 1, 2014

By Dwight Moody

MOody head shot 2014 150x150 Oral 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.

Dominic McManus, O.P. is my host at the Priory, and with him and his 30 colleagues I have attended morning and evening prayers (the daily office, it is called). They chant the psalms–all of them–every four weeks. And at every gathering a homily, generally spoken by one of the students at Aquinas Institute.

Dominic took me to the Rock on Sunday, liturgical mashup of Roman Catholic and Black Baptist. It was full of ritual and rites which helped stretch it to two hours plus, but it was also full of energy and imagination, led by their own 22 voice gospel choir. Powerful indeed.

Prior to that it was Tulsa, Oklahoma, with my long time friend and colleague in theological studies, Larry Hart. Besides chapel (featuring a 19 year old student) and dinner at “Billy Sims BBQ” I met with their president, Billy Wilson, who is from Owensboro, Kentucky (and has a son in ministry in Lexington!).

With Baptists, Bentecostals, Evangelicals, and Roman Catholics, I have found a deep and abiding interest in preaching. All want to bring students to Dallas, and each want to host a festival in their region (Tulsa, Springfield, and St. Louis).

It is all part of “identifying, networking, supporting, and inspiring young people in their call to gospel preaching.” Glory to God.

AoP, A Gathering of Artists

September 18, 2014

By Joshua Barrett, AoP'13

Josh Barrett 150x150 AoP, A Gathering of ArtistsI 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!

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.

That is why there is AoP – a gathering of other fantastic artists.  In participation with AoP, you will find that there are different ways to sketch – you’ll see and hear that you can put some lines where you didn’t think previously, shade where you never imagined.  Whether consciously or not, your brothers and sisters in Christ will add lines and color and depth and beauty to your preaching.  And you will do the same for others!  So bring your sketch with you to AoP, just don’t plan on it staying the same.  You may be surprised with what it looks like when you leave.
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101 Ways to Use the Festival!

September 11, 2014

By Wyndee Holbrook

CBTS 101 Ways to Use the Festival!Our 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.”

Now this is a real call to action, both to aspiring college age preachers, and to other schools.  Central has repeatedly sent their students to preach at Festivals of Young Preachers so they know the benefits; in fact, Tyler Tankersley is an AoP ’11, which means he preached at the 2011 National Festival of Young Preachers in Louisville, in January of 2011; he is coming to Dallas as mentor for a group of young preachers!

Now CBTS has creatively taken the next step by challenging college students.  Only one sermon submission will win the CBTS package, but know registration is open to all for the National Festival of Young Preachers.

Let us extend the Challenge to Seminaries nationwide.  Follow in Central’s footsteps and bring a college age preacher to Dallas!

Need a another option?  Extend the challenge for a Regional Festival in Boston October 17-18, or Nashville October 24-25


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 Volunteer and Joseph Howard AoP ’11 were married in Marrietta, 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.

Shane Duvall, AoP’14 was ordained as a deacon in the Roman Catholic Church….Brandon Perkins, AoP’10 spent the summer as a preacher and minister in Ghana and returns to Atlanta to begin his final year at Columbia Seminary….Church of the Resurrection in Kansas City hired Tyler Best, AoP’12 as part time director of their UMC National Festival of Young Preachers….Rachel Brocker, AoP’12 married Andrew Langford in Chicago.

Larry Terrell Crudup, AoP’10 finished his MDiv at Perkins School of Theology and began his PhD in Ethical and Creative Leadership at Union Institute and University….Katie Mussat, AoP’14 received the Robert Jackson Robinson Preaching Award at Truett Theological Seminary where she completed her MDiv and now serves as Minister to Students at First Baptist Church Shreveport, LA….After graduating with her MDiv from Truett, Erica Evans Whitaker, AoP’14 graduated from Truett Seminary, received the Addie Davis Award for Outstanding Leadership in Pastoral Ministry (CBF), and currently serves as a Pastoral Resident at Wilshire Baptist Church in Dallas, TX….Reggie Sharpe, AoP’10 transferred to Vanderbilt School of Divinity and has established R.E.A.L Sharpe Ministries….Joshua Barrett, AoP’13 graduated from Truett Seminary, married Laura Wesevich, and serves as Pastoral Associate at Tallowood Baptist Church in Houston.

Dominique Robinson, AoP’11 is working on a DMin in Homiletics at Columbia Theological Seminary and serves Youth Ministry Coordinator at New Life Presbyterian Church in Atlanta….Jenny Marble, AoP’13 serves as Associate Pastor at Friendly St. Church of God, Eugene Oregon. …Jaime Fitzgerald, AoP’13 began her MDiv at Gardner Webb University School of Divinity….Charmaine Webster, AoP’11 completed her MDiv at Candler and now works with the University of Dayton to advance early childhood education in the community.

Write/text/call me or Wyndee with your news!

See you in Dallas!      

AoP Networking Pays Off

August 28, 2014

By Wyndee Holbrook

 AoP Networking Pays Off
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…

1) Abilene Christian University Graduate School of Theology is an AoP National Partner.
2) In March, ACU hosted the 2014 Texas Regional Festival of Young Preachers.
3) The Potter’s House in Dallas (yes, THAT Potter’s House) sponsored their student intern De’Angelo Smith to preach at the Fest.
4) De’Angelo made his first trip to Abilene and was exposed to a great school that welcomed him with open arms.
5) De’Angelo is now proudly enrolled as a graduate student.

See what can happen when YOU are part of AoP’s network!

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