National Festival of Young Preachers

Registration is now open!

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Your registration for the 2019 National Festival of Young Preachers includes entry into the Preachapalooza Gala, Alumni Reunion (if applicable), and Gospel Slam.  However, if you wish to register separately for these events, you may use the links below.


January 2-5, 2019

Interested in the National Festival of Young Preachers? Wondering if this is the place for you?

  • Are you between the ages of 14 and 35?
  • Are you eager to develop your preaching skills?
  • Have you preached 0 to 10(‘ish) sermons in your life?
  • Want to make friends who share your journey as a Young Preacher?
  • Appreciate constructive feedback to improve your skills?
  • Want to hear from seasoned pros who are eager to help you succeed?

If you answered YES, then you are in the right place!

The Academy of Preachers’ Festival of Young Preachers exists to celebrate your voice in gospel preaching. The Academy of Preachers (AoP) hosts the Festival to live out our mission of identifying and inspiring young people from Evangelical, Orthodox, Pentecostal, Protestant, and Roman Catholic traditions in the call to gospel preaching.

AoP takes preaching very seriously because it is a vocation of great social and spiritual significance and is worthy of your very best effort. Preaching at the Festival will introduce you to the AoP family and we trust you’ll want to continue your journey with us throughout your career.

Deadline to register is December 1, 2018.

What can you expect?

  • You, along with 150 others, will preach for 15 minutes in the style that is familiar to you, because EVERYONE is welcome. (Seriously, this is a judgement-free zone and not a competition. We’re all in this together.)
  • You will be assigned to a preaching circle (small group) to encourage each other.
  • A professional sermon evaluator will meet one on one with you after you’ve preached. (Sermon critique is offered to help you improve your craft.)
  • All that, and your sermon will be posted on our YouTube Channel.
  • More questions? Check out our FAQs!

What if you’re older than 35 or not a preacher?

  • There’s a place for you at the Festival of Young Preachers too!
  • Ministry Professionals, parents, friends, and exhibitors can register to attend the entire Festival or for a specific day.
  • Reenergize just by being in the middle of all these Young Preachers!

Plenary Preachers

Tara Beth Leach

Senior Pastor, First Church of the Nazarene of Pasadena

Max Wilkins

President and CEO, TMS Global

David Telfort

Pastor, Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Church

Amy Butler

Senior Pastor, The Riverside Church

Festival Worship and Lodging Venue

Grand Hyatt Atlanta in Buckhead

3300 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30305

Worship Venue

Peachtree Road United Methodist Church

3180 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30305

Package Options


Attend as a Ministry Professional, Mentor, or Guest

3 nights lodging AND 3 dinners/1 lunch

Be inspired by preaching excellence

Powerful Worship

Master Class Options

Interdenominational Networking

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3 nights lodging (shared room)

(single room upgrade +$200)

3 dinners/1 lunch

Preach and receive feedback

Your sermon on YouTube

Powerful Worship

Master Classes

Network with peers, professionals, schools and seminaries

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General Registration
(without lodging)

Attend as a Ministry Professional, Mentor, or Guest

3 dinners/1 lunch

Be inspired by preaching excellence

Powerful Worship

Master Class Options

Interdenominational Networking

Book Now