Sunday, January 9, 2011

Festival of Young Preachers

I spent Wednesday through Saturday at the National Festival of Young Preachers through the Academy of Preachers.  This whole event was the brainchild of Dwight Moody, a retired Baptist minister.  The premise of the festival was to join together a 125 preachers between the ages of 14 and 28 to preach.  We gathered in Louisville, Kentucky, to find ourselves amidst high school students, undergraduate students, seminarians, employed ministers and even people who were not going into ordained ministry.  It was a young, vivacious and ecumenical group of people passionate about preaching.  

We all preached on the 10 Commandments, which meant for a lot of sermons on the same general themes; however, the range of what the spirit moved people to speak about blew my mind.  Some people started with prayer.  Some sang.  Some quoted a source.  Some preached from a manuscripts; some without.  It was an honor to be around so many talented people.  

Laura Gerstl, another LSTCer was there preaching, and Alex Raabe representing LSTC from admissions.  The best part?  LSTC offered to fund five students to attend this year!  Check out it out next year, folks.  It was amazing.

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