Welcome! If you are a young person and feel God is calling you to a vocation as a Gospel Preaching, the Academy of Preachers (AoP) is here to Identify, Network, Support, and Inspire you in that calling. We encourage you to to join our movement to raise up the next generation of Young Preachers in America.
How do I join the Academy of Preachers?
The Academy of Preachers is open to any young person between the ages of 14 and 28 who feels called to a vocation of Gospel preaching. The young people connected with the Academy of Preacher’s network represent high school and college graduates, current students, as well as young people “between” schools.
Today, membership in the AoP comes through participation in the National Festival of Young Preachers, hosted every year in the month of January. This ecumenical event welcomes young people from nearly every Christian tradition: Orthodox, Roman Catholic, Evangelical, Protestant, and Pentecostal. So far, we have welcomed four “classes” of young people (AoP ’10, AoP ’11, AoP ’12, and AoP ’13) into the Academy of Preachers: see the complete list at the links elsewhere on this page.
The 2013 National Festival of Young Preachers was held January 2-5 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel-Buckhead in Atlanta, Georgia. Visit the AoP Facebook page to see pictures from that National Festival. Click here to watch the sermon videos of the Young Preachers at the 2013 National Festival or the AoP channel on YouTube.
Plans are underway now for the New York Regional Festival of Young Preachers (September 27-28, 2013 in New York City), the Texas Regional Festival of Young Preachers (October 4-5, 2013 in Waco, Texas), and the 2014 National Festival of Young Preachers (January 2-5, 2014 in Indianapolis). Registration for all of these will be on-line on this site and will open sometime in March of this year.
We encourage Young Preachers to secure the support of a mentor and sponsoring congregation to support their participation in the National Festival of Young Preachers. Typically, mentors attend the National Festival with the young person and introduce him or her before they preach. Finding a mentor or a supporting congregation is not always easy for every young person, and we are happy to answer any questions you may have about initiating this process.
How can I become involved in the AoP if I haven’t been able to preach at a Festival yet?
The Academy of Preachers believes in connecting you to an ever-growing network of Young Preachers throughout the year, regardless of if you have participated in a National Festival.
We maintain an active network on Facebook and Twitter, and our Gospel Catalyst Network maintains Preaching Circles: private Facebook groups where Young Preachers can collaborate and discuss various topics related to Preaching throughout the year. When you arrive at the National Festival, our hope is that this online collaboration will have already helped you form relationships and friendships to enhance your overall experience. To find out how you can get plugged into a Preaching Circle, email email@example.com.
Young Preachers also have the option to participate in a Campus Festival of Young Preachers or participate in the 2013 Texas Regional Festival of Young Preachers in Waco, Texas, or the 2013 New York Regional Festival of Young Preachers in New York City (full details coming March 15, 2013).
We welcome you to check out (or become a subscriber to) our YouTube channel to view sermons, testimonials, and other news from the AoP.