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…Continue Reading Thanksgiving, Remembering, and Preaching – Elizabeth Grasham, AoP ’13

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…Continue Reading Southeast Festival Experience – Richard Hughes

Exploring the Mentoring Experience – 2018 Master Class

Our mentors shape our ideas about what mentoring should look like. Darlene Hutto, AoP Board member and Director of Strategic Partnerships for Leadership Networks for the Forum for Theological Exploration, led a Master Class on Mentoring from the Mentee’s perspective at the 2018 National Festival of Young Preachers (Register now for the 2019 Festival!). She led a…Continue Reading Exploring the Mentoring Experience – 2018 Master Class

Tara Beth Leach – 2019 NFYP Plenary Preacher

Rev. Tara Beth Leach, Senior Pastor of the First Church of the Nazarene in Pasadena, California, will be a plenary preacher at the 2019 National Festival of Young Preachers in Atlanta, GA. Rev. Leach lives with her husband Jeff and their two young boys, Caleb and Noah, in Sierra Madre, CA. She spent 12 years…Continue Reading Tara Beth Leach – 2019 NFYP Plenary Preacher

Nine Marks of a Good Sermon

What makes a good sermon? This is a question that bugs preachers from their first sermon to their last. Nobody has all the answers for being a perfect preacher, but AoP Founder Dr. Dwight Moody has a few helpful suggestions based on his years in the pulpit and teaching future preachers. They are not absolute…Continue Reading Nine Marks of a Good Sermon

Four Schools, One Message

Over the past two weeks, I have visited four schools to speak about preaching–actually five, if we include both the undergraduate university and the seminary in Cincinnati! Lindsey Wilson College in Columbia, Kentucky is affiliated with the United Methodist Church. They have a very large contingent of ministerial students. I spoke to their preaching class…Continue Reading Four Schools, One Message

Next Gen Preacher

Wednesday, June 24, witnessed the second of four national Festivals of Young Preachers sponsored by four difference denominations or traditions. This one by the North American Christian Convention, which includes Churches of Christ and Independent Christian Churches. It is called: Next Gen Preacher Search. Hundreds of young preachers submitted short sermon videos last fall; 40 (including…Continue Reading Next Gen Preacher

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!

Thanks Dallas…for a great festival

  The best stories are the ones that find you…  Dr. Joel Gregory must have been divinely inspired to preach those words early in the 2015 National Festival of Young Preachers.  All 300 in attendance found ourselves in a dynamic unfolding of God’s good news.  Good news that young people (2 preachers were 13) and…Continue Reading Thanks Dallas…for a great festival

Nine Marks of a Good Sermon

Dwight A. Moody, President, Academy of Preachers Christian people deserve to hear good sermons when we go to worship (or when we download something from the internet). We don’t need great sermons, except once in a long while. We hear too many poor or mediocre sermons and this discourages many people. The church of Jesus…Continue Reading Nine Marks of a Good Sermon