During the course of a three-day weekend, June 25-27, 2010, the Academy of Preachers received donations totaling $57,000. Even we were surprised!
Most of the activity surrounded an event held in the home of Dan and Anne Greenwell. They serve on the Academy Support Team at Middletown Christian Church, which sponsored the event. Some 30 people attended this event and most made either a contribution or a pledge.
Included at the event were two young preachers, Alex Williams and Katie Beachy, both of whom spoke about their experiences at with the Academy (and the Festival of Young Preachers and the Preaching Camp). Also in attendance were Academy personnel, Lee Huckleberry (soon to be the Executive Director) and myself (Dwight A. Moody). Middletown pastor David Emery was also present.
The successful fund-raising weekend brings the total money raised during this Spring 2010 effort to more than $68,000, which exceeds our three-month goal of $50,000 and puts us a good way toward our 18-month goal of $200,000. And we still have two days remaining in June! Who knows what might happen in these two days.
The Academy raises money to underwrite our programs for young preachers: the festival of young preachers, our preaching camps, and the Young Preachers Leadership Team. Basic administrative and personnel costs of the Academy are covered, in these first years, through a generous grant from the Lilly Endowment.
The second national Festival of Young Preachers will be held January 6-8, 2011, at the Seelbach Hilton Hotel and the adjacent Cathedral of the Assumption, both in downtown Louisville, Kentucky. All registration forms are elsewhere on this web site. Registrations are now being received for the conference and housing.
All gifts to the Academy are tax deductable through our hosting partnership with Middletown Christian Church. Donations can be sent to Academy of Preachers, 500 North Watterson Trail, Louisville, Kentucky 40243.
I wrote Coach John Calapari two weeks ago and asked him to make a donation to the Academy of Preachers--well, not exactly to the Academy but to his archbishop, the Reverend Joseph Kurtz of Louisville.
Rev. Kurtz is hosting four events of next year's National Festival of Young Preachers. While the majority of the preaching, especially during the day, will be in the Seelbach Hilton Hotel, the Cathedral of the Assumption is hosting a reception, a worship service, a lunch, and the closing convocation. So the coach, if he responds to our appeal, will help his archbishop host the festival, and that helps us.
Last week I called an old friend whose son preached at the 2010 festival of young preachers. The young man's alma mater wants to host a campus festival for their students and prospective students. I want to encourage them, so I call my friend, whose pastor attended the 2010 festival as a mentor and has since retired (not that there is any connection between the two events!), and asked if he thought we could raise several thousand dollars in honor of his retiring pastor to underwrite the cost of the campus festival including 3-4 scholarships to the national festival in January 2011. He said, "Sure!"
In both of these cases, the donations do not come directly to the Academy, but to a church or a university. But indirectly they help us, and this is why I work to secure this type of funding.
Of course, we need our share of donations. Today's mail brought $2,000 in gifts. This helps us toward our Spring 2011 goal of $50,000. We are planning fund-raising events in Owensboro and Louisville, Kentucky, and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (and anywhere else there is an interest).
This $50,000 goal is part of a larger two-year campaign to secure $200,000 for the Academy. The Lilly Endowment is generous in launching our endeavor and in providing support for salaries and administration; but they do not fund our programs: leadership team, preaching camp, festival of young preachers. So we are seeking your support.
Can you help us? All donations are tax deductable. They will be used to pay the cost of these three events: festivals, camps, and the leadership team. Give what you can and help us find people who will invest in the next generation of great preachers.
And if Coach Calipari sends in that donation, I will let you know!
The Academy of Preachers is launching its first coordinated appeal to donors: help us raise $50,000 this spring.
Yes, the Academy has received a generous grant from the Lilly Endowment, but that grant does not cover the preaching camps this spring, the festival of young preachers next January, the Young Preachers Leadership Team, and certain other program costs. The Endowment is committed to providing initial funding for basic organizational and personnel costs--but those also will eventually need fresh streams of revenue as the investment of the Lilly Endowment subsides.
So, we are looking for individuals and organizations who wish to partner with us to "identify, network, support, and inspire young people who answer a call to gospel preaching."
The first contribution to our spring 2010 campaign comes from the Kyle Lake Center for Effective Preaching at Truett Seminary of Baylor University in Waco, Texas. They sent a check for $2,000. The Lake Center at Truett Seminary is one of the 50 Founding Partners of the Academy of Preachers. They will collaborate with us to host a campus festival this fall in Waco.
There are any number of specific needs to which a donor might contribute and these are listed elsewhere on this web site: see BE A DONOR.
The Academy will be hosting fund-raising events in such cities as Louisville, Owensboro, and Lexington. We will also host events aimed at specific Christian groups such as Disciples, Roman Catholics, and Methodists.
All gifts are tax deductable. Checks should be made payable to Academy of Preachers and sent to Academy of Preachers, 500 North Watterson Trail, Louisville, Kentucky, 40234.
Four new institutional partners sent letters of endorsement in the last two week of March. This enabled the Academy to reach one of its goals for the first 15 months of our work: 50 Founding Partners.
The first came as a result of a phone call from California. Shantha Ready Alonza is the (interim) executive director of New Fire Young Adults, a fresh initiative of the National Council of Churches. "I have heard about what you are doing," she said, "and we want to be a part of it." Her letter was a follow-up to that intention. New Fire became Founding Partner #47.
Then came the phone call with Doug Low, professor and dean of the Chapman Seminary at Oakland City University in Oakland City, Indiana. I had visited their campus last year and two of their students preached in the inaugural festival of young preachers in January. Their partnership letter took a long way around, through multiple administrative channels, before reaching my possession. They became Partner #48.
Same story with Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. Four of their students preached at the festival and a professor was the leader of our worship team. Now two of their professors are engaged and more of their students will be at the festival next January. But we welcome the school as Founding Partner #49.
Finally, on my sixtieth birthday, professor of ministry Stephanie Paulsell of Harvard Divinity School sent me their letter of endorsement and association. Dr. Paulsell was one of three featured preachers at the festival in January and two of their students were among the 92 young preachers at the festival. They are planning to offer a preaching course built around the next festival, scheduled for January 6-8, 2011 in Louisville, Kentucky.
We welcome these, and we thank all 50 of the Founding Partners; see the complete list elsewhere on this website. You have helped us get established as a viable, credible organization. While we anticipate working with many more organizations and businesses over the years, only these 50 will have the distinction of being a Founding Partner.
This was the second of our three goals to be reached. The first was: register at least 100 young preachers for the inaugural festival--which we did. And now we turn our attention to the third goal: fund-raising. Over the next three months we are seeking to raise $50,000. You will read more about this very soon.