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Issue 8: July 2019

CCCB Preaching Student Nationally Recognized

Along with a few other Christian church/church of Christ colleges, CCCB sponsors the Next Gen Preacher Search each year for high school juniors and seniors and college students ages 16-22 (www.nextgenpreachersearch.com). The Next Gen Preacher Search is a unique outreach to young Christian students across the country who have an interest in preaching and teaching.

This year, Grant Roth, a senior CCCB student from Carthage, Illinois, was a participant. He submitted a video for the competition in October 2018, and was selected to attend the February conference at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California. Grant described the process he and the other participants followed:

Prior to attending the conference, we all wrote new messages centered around a specific text assigned to us. Then, the coaches offered insight and critique concerning our presentations. After fine-tuning the delivery of our messages, we were filmed presenting them one final time. The videos were then reviewed by a larger panel of coaches, who select 4 students to represent the conference as Next Gen ambassadors at various events and venues across the nation for the next year.

In March of 2019, I was informed that I had been selected as an ambassador. Since then, I’ve had the opportunity to deliver a message at the Pepperdine Bible Lectures. As ambassadors, we are scheduled to speak at a conference at Lipscomb University in June. Other speaking arrangements throughout the year may lead us to Portland, Oregon; Louisville, Kentucky; and Gatlinburg, Tennessee.

My favorite part of the experience was learning from a diverse group of communicators. Several great preachers who are closely associated with Central have helped me to become a more faithful and effective handler of God’s word. The Next Gen Preacher Search has expanded the pool of preachers from whom I learned and allowed me to make connections with people I respect greatly in homiletic circles. I’m so grateful for God’s grace and the way that he gives us each a passion and a purpose.

I’m thankful for Central graduates who encouraged me to pursue the passions God has laid on my heart, especially Mark Nichols and Matthew Churchill. I want to assure anyone reading this that your investments in young people aren’t going to waste. Your wisdom and guidance can change the course of our lives.

We congratulate Grant for this outstanding honor and for representing our preaching program during the process. He preaches on weekends at Waverly Christian Church in Waverly, Missouri. He is pictured on the cover while speaking at Timber Lake Christian Church in Moberly, Missouri, where he is completing his summer internship.


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