Belmont Serves as New Home for Academy of Preachers Organization

NASHVILLE, September 24, 2019 –  The Academy of Preachers (AoP), an initiative launched in 2009 that seeks to identify, network, inspire and support young men and women in their call to gospel preaching, will now be a part of Belmont University and the College of Theology and Christian Ministry, as Belmont provides new leadership and…

Every Sermon Counts: A Reflection on the Preaching Room

I find that there are a few things in life that paradoxically both encourage and terrify me. Knowing how much pizza I can eat in one sitting gives me a childish pride, but it also makes me anxious about stepping on the scale. Knowing that my wife loves me fills me with confidence, but it…

Thanksgiving, Remembering, and Preaching – Elizabeth Grasham, AoP ’13

My Wednesday Night Bible Study group has been slowly working our way through the book of Deuteronomy, and we’ve reached the part of the narrative where we are all tired of the repetitions. You know how we all seem to have that family member (or friend) who tells the same story over and over, as…

Preaching at Advent: Living the Questions – Mary Alice Birdwhistell, AoP ’10

Dwight Moody taught me that every good sermon asks a question. Last Advent, I took Dr. Moody’s advice a step further. I created a sermon series called “Advent: Living the Questions.” For many of us, the more we grow in our faith, the more questions we seem to have. The deeper we go, the more…

Making People Whole – 2019 Master Class with Dr. Joe Daniels

Dr. Joe Daniels wants people to be whole. Dr. Daniels, longtime pastor of Emory United Methodist Church in Washington, D.C., will lead a Master Class, sponsored by Wesley Theological Seminary, at the 2019 National Festival of Young Preachers in Atlanta, GA. Click here to register today for the National Festival of Young Preachers! Registration deadline…

2019 Master Class: The Research Side of Sermon Prep

Dr. Sarah Bogue, Head of Research and Access Services at the Pitts Theology Library, will lead a Master Class, sponsored by the American Theological Library Association, at the 2019 National Festival of Young Preachers titled; “The Research Side of Sermon Prep.” Click here to learn more about the 2019 National Festival of Young Preachers! Sarah, who has a PhD…

AoP Announces Most Significant Corporate Sponsorship to Date

The Rev. Ernest A. Brooks III, President and CEO of Academy of Preachers (AoP), is pleased to announce that MMBB Financial Services, a non-profit Christian financial services ministry serving churches and faith-based organizations, will serve as a Presenting Sponsor for the tenth-anniversary National Festival of Young Preachers in Atlanta, Georgia, January 2-5, 2019. MMBB’s gift…

The Restorative Life in Preaching Circles – Jessica James Alston

In January 2012, I stepped off the plane, walked through the terminal, out to the curbside waiting area for the hotel shuttle. Kentucky’s winter wind blew harder than I had ever experienced at the time. I can still remember how the snowflakes fell like soft petals of a flower in the pouring rain. Layers upon…

Southeast Festival Experience – Richard Hughes

One word comes to mind when I reflect on the experience of the Southeast Regional Festival of Young Preachers held at Wake Forest University School of Divinity: harmony. At its best, harmony is experienced when there are diverse gifts and traditions operating in their fullness while sharing the same space. The Apostle Paul would summarize…

Max Wilkins, TMS Global President, To Be Plenary Preacher at 2019 National Festival

Max Wilkins, President of TMS Global, will be a Plenary Preacher at the 2019 National Festival of Young Preachers in Atlanta, Georgia. Before serving at TMS Global, he spent 26 years in pastoral ministry in churches in Florida and Hawaii. Register Now for the 2019 National Festival of Young Preachers – Click Here! Max’s journey…