The Academy of Preachers seeks businesses, congregations, denominations, institutions, and organizations that will formally and officially enter into partnership to endorse and support our mission of identifying, networking, supporting, and inspiring young people who are called to preach. Partnership status with the Academy is free (although several partners have made contributions to the work of the Academy) and is secured by writing a letter of endorsement and support to the president of the Academy.
There are three categories of partners: Founding Partners, National Partners, and iPartners.
Founding Partners are those entities that entered into partnership with the Academy during the first 15 months of our work. At that time, we were an unknown organization needing the recognition and encouragement of existing institutions. We sought, and secured, a total of 50 partners who would endorse our mission and seek ways to collaborate with the Academy in the wonderful mission of supporting young preachers. Many of these Founding Partners are located in the geographic region targeted in our initial strategy (that is, 150 mile radius around Louisville, Kentucky).
Click here for a complete list of the 50 Founding Partners.
National Partners are those who are who responded to our appeals for collaboration during the years of 2010 to 2014. These were businesses, congregations, denominations, institutions, and organizations throughout the country. Our goal was to secure 100 National Partners and by the end of 2014 we had 83 National Partners.
Click here to review an up-to-date list of the National Partners.
The window of opportunity to be a National Partner is still open. To become a National Partner with the Academy of Preachers requires only a shared interest in our mission and a letter endorsing our mission and pledging to collaborate with us. There is no cost, but you may elect to express your partnership by making contributions to the work of the Academy. Such gifts are needed and welcome. Write your letter of partnership to Dr. Dwight A Moody, Academy of Preachers, 150 East High Street, Lexington, Kentucky.
Beginning in April of 2015, the Academy of Preachers launched its first membership drive with four categories of members, including iPartner, or Institutional Partner. These businesses, denominations, institutions, and organizations pay annual dues of $500 and receive significant benefits, such as hosting AoP events and serving as Lead Sponsors of AoP Festivals.
There are many things that an organization or institution might do as a Founding, National, or Partner with the Academy and your imagination might be the only limit of what might be done. But here are some suggestions: ten simple ways that a congregation, school, or religious organization might do to signal its collaboration with the Academy.