Preaching Leads to More Preaching

By Erica Whitaker, AoP ’14 This first female preacher I ever heard gave me a snippet of wisdom that I continue to carry in my suit pocket throughout my preaching ministry. She said “Preach anywhere and everywhere. Never pass up an opportunity to preach.” Since I started preaching four years ago, I have never said…Continue Reading Preaching Leads to More Preaching

Wow, that’s amazing!

16 But the eleven disciples proceeded to Galilee, to the mountain which Jesus had designated. 17 When they saw Him, they worshiped Him; but some were doubtful. 18 And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the…Continue Reading Wow, that’s amazing!

Earth Day, AoP Style

Dwight A. Moody Earth Day is coming up–Wednesday, April 23–and the Academy of Preachers is celebrating in a unique way. AoP is hosting a two-hour launch of our 2015-2016 Festival preaching theme: HEAVEN & EARTH. The theme will guide the preaching at all seven of the 2015 Festivals of Young Preachers: Wisconsin, Texas (2), Massachusetts,…Continue Reading Earth Day, AoP Style

I Never Met Gardner Taylor

I never met the late Gardner C. Taylor. He preached for more than four decades in New York City to wide acclaim and profound effect. It is a shame, my shame; because in my opportunities to invite pulpit guests (and I had many) he was never on the short list. He never got a call…Continue Reading I Never Met Gardner Taylor

From Competition to Celebration

By Tim Norton, AoP’15 “This feels like the American Idol of preaching. I’m not sure I want to do that.”The words escaping my lips were true if not overly blunt. My mentor was encouraging me to participate in the Academy of Preachers’ New England Regional Festival of Young Preachers. I felt as excited about it…Continue Reading From Competition to Celebration

A Lucky Lunch

by Rev. Fr. Martin A. Linebach My introduction to the Academy of Preachers came about from what I might call a “lucky lunch.”  I am the Ecumenical/Inter-religious Officer for the Archdiocese of Louisville and I was participating in a Kentucky Council of Churches luncheon meeting in Lexington, Kentucky seven years ago.  It just so happened…Continue Reading A Lucky Lunch

Four Regional Festivals in 2015

Regional Festivals for Young Preachers will be held in Massachusetts, Wisconsin, Kentucky, and Texas during 2015 with the preaching theme HEAVEN & EARTH. Green Lake Conference Center in beautiful Green Lake, Wisconsin, will hold its second Regional Festival on July 7-8. Last year the lake-front resort welcomed 10 Young Preachers for their first AoP event,…Continue Reading Four Regional Festivals in 2015

Marinating in Holy Waters

by Kristina N. Heise, AoP’2012 The Academy of Preachers is the place where I discovered just how vast and profound God’s word is. The summer before I began seminary, I was given an amazing opportunity to attend an AoP preaching camp in Atlanta, Georgia. Before that experience, I had only ever preached a handful of times…Continue Reading Marinating in Holy Waters

Dallas was the best!

Dwight A. Moody, President Academy of Preachers We have done six National Festivals (and many campus and regional festivals) but nothing was a good as Dallas! Wow! is all I can say, and all that many have said to me. It was surely a WOW event. Thanks to Highland Park United Methodist Church and Perkins…Continue Reading Dallas was the best!