The Young Preachers Festival is not only about giving you the opportunity to experience powerful preaching and learn about the craft of preaching from featured speakers, but it is also aimed at supporting and inspiring you in your call to preach. There is limited space for those who desire to come prepared to preach a sermon and receive feedback from a panel made up of our presenters and other preaching experts. Registration for this optional opportunity is an additional $20.
We hope you will take advantage of this great opportunity to preach and receive feedback as you grow and develop as a preacher entrusted with sharing the good news of the gospel.
To assist you as you prepare, review the tool which will be used by the panel to provide feedback on your sermon presentation.
It is important for you to review and follow all of the guidelines for these sessions found below, including the theme and structure of your sermon and the other logistical details.
The Power of Words
Words have power. With our words, we insult or encourage; we curse or we bless. With them we build trust or tear it down. Our words have the power to strengthen relationships or to destroy them. In a mid-term election year, words have the potential to further divide us, or to bring us together. And while we were taught as children that sticks and stones may break our bones, but words will never harm us, we each have been hurt by other’s words. The Bible notes that, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue.” So what does Jesus and what do the Scriptures have to say to us about words…and why do our words matter and what should we do about the fact that words matter—your sermon should address these questions.
All Festival sermons are to follow the Festival theme of “The Power of Words” and use at least one of the following scripture texts.
- Exodus: 20:16, 23:1
- Leviticus 19:16
- Proverbs 6:16-19; 10:18-19; 11:2; 12:18-19; 13:3, 16:28; 17:9; 18:8; 20:19; 25:18, 26:20, 22, 28:13
- Psalm 5:6, 15:1-5; 19:14, 34:13; 50:20; 52:1-9, 91:1-16; 101:5, 109:1-31
- Ezekiel 13:8
- Zechariah 8:16
- Matthew 5:37; 12:34, 36-37; 15:18
- Luke 6:45
- John 8:32, 44
- Acts 4:31, 5:3-5
- Romans 1:29, 10:8, 12:14
- 2 Corinthians 2:17, 12:20
- Ephesians 4:15, 25, 29
- Colossians 3:8, 17, 4:6
- 1 Thessalonians 4:11
- 1 Timothy 1:7, 5:12-14
- Titus 3:1-3, 10
- 3 John 1:9-10
Knowing the advantage any person has under the guidance of a mentor, we recommend you seek a mentor to assist with your sermon preparation in advance of the Festival. Your sermon needs to be ready to preach when you arrive at the Festival. Please invite your mentor to accompany you if they are able. Should you or your mentor need special scheduling consideration, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible to make arrangements.
You are allotted 15 minutes for your sermon. If you choose to read scripture or pray as part of your sermon, it must be done within the allotted 15 minutes. You may preach for less than 15 minutes. It is your responsibility to adhere to this guideline. The conveners are instructed to stand once you’ve reached 13 minutes to allow you time to wrap up and conclude. At 15 minutes you will be directed to end if needed.
You are encouraged to preach in a style with which you are familiar and in which you are most at ease. The presence of family and friends will help you feel at home and preach more effectively, so please invite them to attend. Be sure to invite new friends you meet at the Festival so that they may support you, too. Remember to preach to and for those present in the room.
You are free to dress as you deem appropriate; your dress may reflect the ministry situation in which you are most likely to preach, whether that calls for liturgical robes or shorts and sandals.
You will be notified of your preaching time in advance by separate email two weeks before the Festival. You are welcome to invite others to come and hear you. Please note there may be someone preaching before and after you and the room Facilitator will determine appropriate times for guests to enter or leave the room, for the least amount of disruption. A podium will be provided; however, we will be unable to support graphics and there will be no AV equipment available.
Videography & Photography
The Church of the Resurrection will film your sermon and upload it to the Church of the Resurrection Vimeo site. A link and password to the sermons will be provided to participants in an email the week following the Festival. This is done at no additional expense to you. Additionally, photos may be taken during the Festival for future promotion on our website, in print publications and sharing on social media. If, for any reason, you prefer not to be filmed during the delivery of your sermon, please notify us beforehand. Likewise, let us know in writing if you do not want your image used in posting and publicity.