INDIANAPOLIS (UMNS) – On Thursday, June 6, an inspiring group of 18 young people took to the mic to preach the Gospel at the Indiana Conference of the United Methodist Church’s Festival of Young Preachers in Indianapolis, Ind.

The Festival of Young Preachers, a one-of-a-kind event designed by the Academy of Preachers (AoP), showcases and encourages young people who aspire to be preachers of the Gospel.

According to the event’s website: “The AoP’s mission is to identify these young people while cultivating within them the conviction that Gospel preaching is a vocation of great social and spiritual significance and is worthy of their very best. A Festival of Young Preachers is not a competition. It is a celebration, an inspiration, an occasion of mutual edification and encouragement. Young preachers, ages 14-28, participate in these unique events all throughout the nation.”

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Christine Bay of Morgantown, Ind.