Disciples of Christ Historical Society in partnership with the Craddock Center has created the "Fred Craddock Award for Excellence in Preaching." The award will be conferred annually, or biennially, to a Disciples minister under the age of 35 exhibiting outstanding skills in the pulpit. Included in the award will be a certificate of accomplishment, a trophy, and a cash gift.
"This is an opportunity for us to recognize younger ministers who are gifted in preaching," said Glenn Thomas Carson, president of the Historical Society. "The proclamation of the Word is central to who we are as Disciples and Dr. Craddock hopes this award will encourage new ministers to give their very best in preaching."
Fred Craddock is an ordained Disciples pastor and distinguished professor emeritus in the Candler School of Theology at Emory University. He was ranked by "Newsweek" magazine as one of American’s greatest preachers. Nominations for the Fred Craddock preaching award may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on the ministry of the Craddock Center visit www.craddockcenter.org and visit the Historical Society at www.discipleshistory.org.
The first award will be given at the 2009 General Assembly dinner co-hosted by the Historical Society and the Council on Christian Unity on Aug. 1.