Ministry Professional is one of three membership categories of the Academy of Preachers (the others being Young Preacher and iPartner).
A Ministry Professional is a person older than 35 who is engaged in ministry with a congregation, organization, institution, or denomination. The three Ministry Professionals in the picture above (Fr. Martin Linebach, Kentucky, Dr. Dominic McManus, Missouri, and Rev. Tom Wisdom, Texas) served as mentors, conveners, sermon evaluators, and workshop leaders at a National Festival of Young Preachers.
As a member of the Academy of Preachers, a minister joins in pursuit of our mission, namely, to identify, network, support, and inspire young people in the call to gospel preaching. All AoP members are encouraged to mentor a Young Preacher and accompany that Young Preacher to a regional or national Festival of Young Preachers.
All new AoP members receive an AoP lapel pin as a welcome gift, AoP monthly email newsletter, AoP Preachapalooza Ezine, and access to our (in development) Members Only section of the AoP web site. Members can sell their books, tapes, and other ministry material at AoP events and are invited to serve as conveners, evaluators, and volunteers at AoP festivals.
AoP dues for a Ministry Professional are $100 per year (the membership year is January 1 to December 31).
Any Professional Minister who is pastor of a church joining as an iPartner, is automatically an AoP member; the $100 annual dues is included.