A Word from Dr. Moody
Money is on my mind today, and not simply because I spent a good part of April preparing my state and federal tax returns, but primarily because we are looking at a summer and fall full of astounding opportunities for Young Preachers...and we need your help.
Every day we are receiving inquiries from Young Preachers who want to attend a camp or preach at a Festival. They are contacting us from all over the country: high school, college, university, and seminary students, with a good number in between these academic pursuits. We need your help in supporting and inspiring these young people.
Here are our needs this year:
- $30,000 to support our Young Preachers Leadership Team of 20 outstanding young adults.
- $30,000 to fund our 3 preaching camps.
- $25,000 to host our National Festival of Young Preachers.
- $15,000 to sponsor eight Campus Festivals.
- $20,000 to provide travel and hotel scholarships.
- $20,000 to print and publish the wide array of Academy promotional materials.
These needs total $140,000, and that is our fund-raising goal for 2011.
Every dollar you give helps, but here are two specific ways you can the work of the Academy.
The Gospel Preaching Society, or GPS. This network of support is for those individuals who will give $1,000 a year and pledge to do so for 5 years, beginning in 2011. Our goal is to secure 50 founding members of the Gospel Preaching Society. You can be one of these 50 people and make a difference in the life of a young preacher. Our success in this endeavor will generate $50,000 this year, and also for the next 4 years.
The Summer Cyber Club. Give online, through our PayPal link, and join this "club." I warn you, we are not giving out pens, or badges, or certificates. None of that: just a heartfelt thanks for clicking your confidence in our work, for signaling your conviction in the significance of preaching, and for committing your resources to the mission of the Academy. Can we raise $10,000 online this summer? I think so.
These two initiatives are not all we will be doing. We will also be presenting our needs to specific individuals who are capable of giving more than $1,000 and also to foundations and endowments that are accustomed to underwriting gospel enterprises like the Academy of Preachers.
But don't forget: every dollar counts, and your gift, of whatever amount, goes directly to help a young preacher. And, of course, it is tax deductible.
-Dwight A. Moody, Founder & President