The Young Preachers Festival and Conference

July 20-23, 2016

The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Kansas City

The Young Preachers Festival is part of a movement to raise up the next generation of young preachers for The United Methodist Church. The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection is honored to host this second annual event in partnership with the General Board of Higher Education Ministry (GBHEM). Learn more about the Young Preachers Festival in this video.

The Center for Vitality has grant money from the United Methodist Foundation of Arkansas (UMFA) for full scholarships for several students (18+) to attend the 2016 Young Preachers Festival.   Registration, meals, lodging, and travel are all included (There is a $25 fee to be included in the traveling group).  Contact Rev. Blake Bradford ( to get details.

Travel Info

  • We will leave Little Rock and travel by church van on Wednesday, July 20
  • We will return on Saturday, July 23

Who Should Attend?

  • Recent High School Graduates (18+)
  • College/seminary students
  • Youth pastors
  • Declared candidates for ministry
  • Young clergy
  • Young adults seeking to discover more about this amazing call to ordained ministry or looking to develop more fully as a preacher

What Will I Do?

  • Connect with peers and learn through workshops led by denominational leaders in preaching
  • Participate in inspiring worship and sermons from powerful speakers
  • Receive feedback on a sermon you have prepared
  • Connect with our keynote and workshop leaders

Why Should I Come?

This event is designed specifically to help you:

  • Discern your calling
  • Learn from and network with preaching leaders from across our denomination
  • Develop your preaching gifts
  • Make connections with other future leaders of the church
  • Inspire you in your call to ministry


Contact Rev. Blake Bradford ( to get registration instructions by completing this quick form.


Once you’ve contacted Blake and gotten permission to be a part of the UMFA Scholarship, you may register at THIS LINK .

  • Select a Registration Type of: Catalyst Registrar Group and select Arkansas Conference as your group name.
  • Be sure to select Pay by Check at checkout. DO NOT pay with a credit card.
  • The Arkansas Conference will pay your Festival fee on your behalf.

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