Welcome to the Academy of Preaching and Celebration

Welcome to the Academy of Preaching and Celebration. My name is Frank A. Thomas, and I serve as the Director of the Academy of Preaching and Celebration and also as the Nettie Sweeney and Hugh Th. Miller Professor of Homiletics at Christian Theological Seminary. Thank you so very much for taking the time to visit our Academy. We began our work as one of five initiatives in the Center for Pastoral Excellence in July of 2013. Our purpose is to generate excellence in preaching and worship by exploring the genius of the African-American tradition to transform the church and world through deepened faith and biblical practice.

We have learned across time that it is very difficult to effectively lead worship and preach if we do not address the clergy family. Associate Director of the Academy of Preaching and Celebration, Dr. Joyce Thomas, will guide the work of helping preachers and clergy families find the balance between family life and ministry. The ministry to the family benefits the clergy in their ministry because it benefits the family.

We are proud to have you connect with us in a variety of ways. Check out the video gallery of Sermons preached by some of the best preachers in the country. Not only will you be blessed spiritually, but you will see some of the most creative approaches to preaching first hand. As part of our continual effort to help you improve your preaching, check out Learning Resources, where we have teaching, preaching, and instructional materials in homiletics. We have recorded workshops and educational homiletical clips, such as The Five Most Common Mistakes preachers make. Feel free to dialogue with us by adding comments to our blog facilitated by myself and our Associate Director or conversation on Facebook and Twitter.

Featured Posts

  • Raising pastors’ children in the congregation, Part Two

    Posted Apr 07, 2014 | Academy of Preaching and Celebration

    By Joyce Thomas | In my last blog post, I explained some of the difficulty pastors’ children have when the congregation expects them to be perfect. In this blog post, I want to give three strategies that may be helpful in raising pastors’ children in the public eye of a congregation as a response to the questions posed by Thom Rainer in his blog post, “Pastors’ Kids: Seven Things Pastors Would Like Church Members to Know about Their Children."

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  • The $500,000 dollar girl

    Posted Mar 24, 2014 | Academy of Preaching and Celebration

    By Vanetta Rather | This passage of scripture sums up both the problem and the solution surrounding Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking. The sex trafficking of minors is organized crime against youth. It is the commercial sexual exploitation of children through buying, selling, or trading their sexual services through prostitution, pornography, stripping, and other sexual acts.

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