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Beginning in August, Rev. Ernest Brooks, AoP President, embarked on an intentional listening tour that will culminate at the 2018 National Festival of Young Preachers, January 2-5, in Atlanta, GA.  President Brooks’ goal is to hear your stories and to harvest your ideas for the future of the AoP.  Please “save the date” for an...
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“It’s a weekly call that, while daunting, is a gift.” These are the words David Telfort, AoP ’12, uses to describe his call to the ministry of preaching.  Telfort, a graduate of Yale Divinity school and an ordained clergy of the United Church of Christ, recently began serving as the pastor of Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian...
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Micah Spicer firmly believes that the most important way to become a better preacher is through experience. “Reading books about preaching, while they offer helpful insights, is not going to transform someone into a proficient preacher,” Spicer stated.  “Instead, like many crafts, one has to practice.”  The Academy of Preachers provided an avenue for him...
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Rev. Ernest Brooks III, AoP President We often hear about the importance of passion IN Preaching, but I’m convinced that passion FOR preaching is absolutely foundational for an effective preaching ministry. Passion as expressed through methods of delivery, word choices, how those words are spoken, non-verbal gestures and overall physical and emotional energy can be...
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“It was a memorable day for AoP,” said outgoing AoP President Dwight A. Moody. “I attended a lunch in St Louis, hosted by the Aquinas Institute, then traveled to Houston for a dinner at Church Without Walls. What a day!” More than 240 pre-registered for one of the ten events. Not all who signed-up showed...
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Erica Whitaker is no stranger to the work of the Academy of Preachers. Whitaker preached at her first National Festival of Young Preachers and served as Gospel Catalyst in 2014 just before serving as a Pastoral Resident at Wilshire Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas. She accepted the positon just after receiving her M.Div. from George...
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If you’ve been connected to the Academy of Preachers for any length of time – especially if you attended one of our June 23rd “AoP Day” celebrations – you are likely familiar with AoP’s “creation story.”  Our founding narrative may not be as dramatic as the Biblical creation narratives in Genesis or the origin story...
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“We are half way and more to our goal,” exclaimed AoP President Dwight A. Moody after opening a letter with a $15,000 gift. “Thanks be to God!” The Inspire ’17 goal is $90,000 given before the end of June. To date, $54,120 has been given or pledged. “During this critical time,” Moody said, “our chief needs...
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“The National Festival this year was amazing and one of the best tings I’ve ever been a part of. It changed my entire life.” So wrote one Young Preacher (YP) in completing the 2017 AoP YP Survey in April. Eighty one Young Preachers, out of the 660 who have attended a National Festival, were contacted...
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The AoP Board of Trustees, in their January 2017 meeting, launched the Inspire ’17 Campaign, setting a goal of raising $90,000 over the first half of the year. “We have been so inspired by the preaching and growth of the Young Preachers since the inception of the Academy,” explained board chair Ernest Brooks, AoP ’11. “We...
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