The Academy of Preachers seeks to Identify, Network, Support and Inspire young people in their call to Gospel preaching. Since its launch in 2009, this ecumenical organization has worked with more than 1,000 young people from across the nation. The Academy of Preachers is energized by the conviction that Gospel preaching is a vocation of public and social significance, a calling worthy of our very best and brightest young people.
Our Young Preachers are generally high school, college, university and seminary students, usually between the ages of 14 and 28; in addition, we welcome Young Preachers who are between schools or who have completed their education. The Academy of Preachers is no gatekeeper into Gospel preaching; we do not decide who is—or who is not—called to preach. We encourage each Young Preacher to examine his or her own heart and assess his or her individual calling. We welcome all who come testifying to a vocation as a preacher of the Gospel of God.
The Academy does not seek to influence the political, theological or denominational interests of Young Preachers. Our door is open to all denominations, genders and races: Young Preachers from Roman Catholic, Orthodox, Evangelical, Protestant, and Pentecostal traditions have been involved in our Festivals. This broad affirmation of Young Preachers allows us to host events that enrich their lives and ministries as they mix and mingle. God is in the midst of it all—and we work for the Glory of God and the Common Good.
The Academy recognizes Gospel preaching as a vocation of significant social significance. It is crucial for the transformation of individuals, congregations, communities, even nations. We seek to instill and sustain this sense of divine purpose and social significance in the minds of young people who sense a call to Gospel preaching. We inspire them with their potential to make a difference in the world.
The Academy of Preachers is the only organization of its kind. We offer guidance, direction, and professional accountability to Young Preachers through the National Festival of Young Preachers as well as Regional and Campus Festivals. We also encourage Young Preachers to seek the guidance and wisdom of a mentor and to partner together with a supporting congregation in their denomination. In all of these ways, our aim is to help Young Preachers reach their full potential and help institutions and agencies fulfill their Christian mission.
The Academy of Preachers is often described as wet clay on a potter’s wheel; it is still in the process of formation, and we are seeking partners (businesses, denominations, institutions and organizations) to join us in this noble and necessary work. We welcome the collaboration with any and all who value the gifts and callings of young people and who aspire to join with them in preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ.