The Covenant of Gospel Preaching is used at all Festivals of Young Preachers sponsored by the Academy of Preachers as the concluding ceremony of the Festival. It inducts young preachers into the Academy of Preachers. Each new member of the Academy of Preachers then receives a framable copy of this Covenant and a Certificate of Membership plus an AoP lapel pen.
Leader: The purposes of God in the world have been announced and accomplished by the public preaching of the gospel. To that end God has anointed gospel preachers for service to both the Christian churches and also the wider human community.
People: As the people of God we receive the good news of Jesus Christ as it is preached to us by the messengers of God. We confess that the preaching of good news has awakened in us a saving faith in God, stirred among us a passion for the mission of Christ, and ignited within us a desire to live in the power of the Holy Spirit.
Leader: It is Jesus Christ who commanded us to preach the gospel to all people and make disciples among all nations. You have been set aside for this mission.
Preachers: We acknowledge the call of God upon our lives and pledge to live in accordance with that call.
People: We welcome you as preachers of the good news and pledge to open our ears, our minds, and our hearts to the gospel word that you preach.
Preachers: We dedicate ourselves to the Lord Jesus Christ, seeking opportunities for service and trusting God for every provision on the journey that lies before us.
Leader: We recognize you as new members of the Academy of Preachers. May God use the Academy and this Festival to undergird the mission of Christ in the churches and in the world. May our good and gracious God prosper you in every way in the spiritual and theological vocation to which you have been called.
Preachers: We thank God for the Academy of Preachers and for this Festival. We gladly enter into covenant with one another and with the Academy to further the purposes of God in the world
Everyone: Together we affirm the gospel of Jesus Christ, the importance of preaching, and the mission of this Academy. In this spirit and for these purposes may the blessing we receive be only and always for the glory of God and the common good.
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