A Festival of Young Preachers is a trans-denominational, one-of-a-kind event designed to showcase and encourage young people who aspire to be preachers of the Gospel. The Academy of Preachers' mission is to identify these young people while cultivating within them the conviction that Gospel preaching is a vocation of great social and spiritual significance and is worthy of their very best.
A Festival of Young Preachers is not a competition. It is a celebration, an inspiration, an occasion of mutual edification and encouragement. Young preachers, ages 14-28, from every Christian tradition (Evangelical, Orthodox, Protestant, Pentecostal, and Roman Catholic) are encouraged to preach at a Festival precisely as they would in their home environment: dress, text, voice, style, substance, whatever! This diversity has proven to be one of the most transformational elements about the gathering.
A sample of this broad constituency can be viewed on our AoP YouTube channel where many of the sermon videos are posted; click here to locate the sermon video of those who preached in previous National Festivals of Young Preachers.
The National Festival also includes plenary worship, master classes, exhibits, music, prayer circles, and a banquet we call PREACHAPALOOZA. The closing service is known as The Great Amen and features the reading of the Covenant of Gospel Preaching.
Read here more information about our Preaching Festivals along with the guidelines for preaching at a National or Regional Festival of Young Preachers.
Join with 150 Young Preachers at the National Festival of Young Preachers in Lexington, KY Jan. 2-5, 2017! 2017 National Festival registration will be available in late spring 2016.
New England Regional Festival of Young Preachers, March 12, 2016, Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary
Midwest Regional Festival of Young Preachers, July 7, 2016, Green Lake Conference Center
Texas Regional Festival of Young Preachers, October 8, 2016, Truett Seminary, Baylor University
The Festival Preaching Theme through January of 2017 is JESUS: RABBI, RADICAL, REDEEMER, RISEN LORD.
Want to host your own Festival?
A “Festival in a Box” is a toolkit designed to walk you through every aspect of planning such an event. It is available ($200) to any person or organization eager to encourage Young Preachers by hosting a Festival of Young Preachers. To learn more about hosting a Campus or Denominational Festival, click here.
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