September 18, 2014
By Joshua Barrett, AoP'13
I 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.
September 11, 2014
By Wyndee Holbrook
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!
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!
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…
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!
August 27, 2014
By Dwight Moody
For six years, the Academy of Preachers has been hosting events: preaching camps and festivals for young preachers. Our premiere event is the National Festival of Young Preachers. The next one is January 2-5, 2015 in Dallas, Texas and there’s lots of information about it on this web site. Registration is now open.
But there is a new game in town: AoP Chapters.
This current academic year, nine chapters will form: two in Texas and two in Indiana, one in Missouri, Ohio, Tennessee, Georgia……and Kentucky.
We are launching the Louisville Metro Chapter of the Academy of Preachers.
You can be a member: Young Preacher, Mentor, Donor, Pastor, Professor, Old Preacher. Yes, you can be a member of this chapter.
We are holding two information and discussion sessions for interested people:
Tuesday evening, September 16, at Galilee Baptist Church, at 7 pm.
Pastor Eric Johnson will host.
Wednesday noon, September 17, at Middletown Christian Church, at 12 noon.
Pastor David Emery will host.
We will discuss membership, sponsorship, and the Louisville Regional Festival of Young Preachers scheduled for next spring. The mission of an AoP chapter is the same as the Academy of Preachers: to identify, network, support, and inspire young people in their call to gospel preaching.
You are invited. Anyone is invited. We will be contacting those in the regional who have preached at our festivals or who have expressed interest in our mission and programs. Help us take this next step toward the renaissance of gospel preaching in our generation.