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Morehouse College led the way as the first iPartner with the Academy of Preachers. But now other schools and organizations are following their example and becoming dues-paying iPartners.
Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School in Rochester, New York, was the second iPartner. This Founding Partner has been at every National Festival, graduated one of our finest young Preachers (Winterbourne Jones, AoP’10), and is now collaborating with AoP to publish a new book of sermons preached at our National Festivals by young African American preachers.
Third on this new list of iPartners is the Indiana Conference of the United Methodist Church. Later this month (May 2015) they will host their third annual Festival of Young Preachers and will attract United Methodists preacher in Indiana attending high school, college, and seminary. This effort has been led by another outstanding Young Preacher, Tyler Best, AoP’12.
Now four more schools have upgraded their relationship with AoP by becoming an iPartner: Louisville Seminary, Belmont University in Tennessee, Lindsey Wilson University in Kentucky, and Gardner Webb University in North Carolina. Each has opted to be a sponsor for the 2016 National Festival of Young Preachers through our new iBrand option. This opportunity includes 12-month advertising through AoP social media networks, exhibiting at the Festival next January in Lexington, and paying the annual dues ($500) as an iPartner. Read all about this here; or write Festival Manager Debbie Moody (Debbie@academyofpreachers).
iPartner is one of our new membership categories; others (with annual dues) are Young Preacher ($25), Professional Minister ($120), and AoP Patron ($240). Elsewhere on this website are links allowing you to join the AoP through one of these categories.
There are eight benefits to becoming an iPartner with the AoP.
1. Nominate a student as a Gospel Catalyst
2. Host AoP Festivals
3. Advertise on the AoP web site
4. Access to the “Members Only” features on the web site
5. Elite Festival sponsorship packages
6. Use of AoP Trade Mark materials
7. Creation of Scholarship Fund via AoP Member dues
8. Institutional feature on the web site
“Nine Marks” Book Published
For more than 12 years Dr. Dwight A. Moody has been using his “Nine Marks of a Good Sermon” to guide young preachers toward better sermons. Now it is available to a wider audience. It has become the first book published under the new AoP imprint Academy of Preachers Books.
“We intend to use this new imprint,” Dr. Moody said, “to publish the manuscripts of our Young Preachers. I have one now I am reviewing with publication in mind.”
His book, Nine Marks of a Good Sermon: A Guide for Young Preachers, is an expansion of his long-used teaching material. The nine marks are:
Each chapter is illustrated by a sermon preached at one of the National Festivals of Young Preachers. Sermons included were preached by: Michelle Rushing, AoP’14, Cody Maynus, AoP’10, Johannes Duckworth, AoP’12, Chris Hughes, AoP’14, Salvador Avila, AoP’14, Kristina Heise, AoP’12, Craig T. Robinson, Jr. AoP’14, Scott Woods, AoP’14, Wallis C. Baxter, Jr. AoP’11.
A final chapter features Dr. Moody’s 2011 National Festival sermon, “Fire in My Bones.” In the margins of that sermon are notes identifying his use of the Nine Marks throughout the sermon.
The book can be ordered through Amazon or here.