Festival of Young Preachers

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By Skye Gardner

Campbellsville University students are continuing to gain servant leadership experience through a variety events and activities, and five students from the Campbellsville University School of Theology recently attended three days of the Festival of Young Preachers in Louisville.

Campbellsville students not only attended the event but also raised the bar by bringing the largest group.

According to Dr. Dwight A. Moody, founder and executive director of the Academy of Preachers, Campbellsville University had the largest number of students participating in the event from any school in the country.

Willis Deitz, Sean Stengl, Micah Spicer, Andre Morton and Josh Hardesty were the participating students from Campbellsville University.

Dr. Scott Wigginton, associate professor of pastoral ministries and counseling, as well as Dr. John Hurtgen, Campbellsville's dean of the School of Theology, accompanied the group to the event.

At the festival, nearly 100 young preachers, ranging from ages 16 to 28, were encouraged to share their passion for the ministry by preaching before their peers and a more experienced group of professors and ministers.

Each student was placed into a group of 12 preachers referred to as the "Preaching Circle," led by a facilitator. Here, the participants were able to share their feelings with their individual groups.

The students were given a 20- to 25-minute window to speak in front of the group as a whole and were then critiqued by their individual groups.

The Baptist affiliated students also got a chance to hear speakers from a variety of different religious backgrounds including Roman Catholic, Pentecostal, Methodist, Presbyterian and many others.

"It was great. Different denominations but like-minded in their understanding of the Bible," Deitz said.

The event served as a learning tool for the students and gave them real-life experience in their field and a new passion for preaching the word.

Skye Gardner is a student news writer at Campbellsville University.