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 Preacher’s 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.
The Academy of Preachers sponsors Regional Festivals in addition to the National Festival. During 2015, Regional Festivals are scheduled for:
Midwest Regional Festival | Green Lake Conference Center (Green Lake, WI) July 7-8
New England Regional Festival | Gordon-Conwell Seminary (South Hamilton, MA) October 10
Texas Regional Festival | Sweet Home Church, (Round Rock, TX) October, 24
Southeast Regional Festival| Louisville Presbyterian Seminary (Louisville, KY) October 31
In addition to these Festivals, the Academy of Preachers offers opportunities for institutions, organizations, and denominations to host Festivals of Young Preachers.
Three Denominational Festivals are scheduled during 2015:
Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, Dallas, Texas, June 18-19
American Baptist Churches, Overland Park, Kansas, June 26 & 28
United Methodist Church, Leawood, KS, July 16-17
Review all of the preaching texts here for the annual theme of HEAVEN & EARTH.
A “Festival in a Box” is a toolkit designed to walk you through every aspect of planning such an event. It is now available ($200) to anyone interested in hosting such as event. To learn more about hosting a Campus or Denominational Festival, click here.