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Next Gen Preacher Search

The Next Gen Preacher Search is a unique outreach to young Christian students in high schools and colleges across the country who have an interest in preaching and teaching. Designed to encourage and inspire young people towards the ministry of God's word, it is an open invitation for students to submit a 5-minute video of their speaking for review and critique.

These videos will be viewed by a panel of gifted and experienced preachers for feedback and coaching. Approximately 20 of the submissions will be chosen as semi-finalists to receive special training and support. The semi-finalists will be invited to Pepperdine's beautiful Malibu campus for a two-day workshop in February where they will receive more coaching from a team of preachers including Jeff Walling, Randy Harris, Mike Cope, and other gifted Bible teachers. They will not only coach the students in presentation skills, but they will encourage them in their pursuit of a preaching ministry career.

At the conclusion of the event, the students will be filmed inside giving a lesson inside Stauffer Chapel. From these recordings, four will be chosen as finalists who will present their lessons before over 25,000 Christians at gatherings across the country including venues like the North American Christian Convention and Harbor: Pepperdine Bible Lectures.



A National Search for the Voices of Tomorrow

Submission Deadline for NGPS 2024 is EXTENDED to November 1.

Who will be the next generation of Kingdom leaders?


Speaking the truth clearly and explaining the text faithfully.


Sharing God's Word in ways that will capture hearts and minds.


Bringing the passion and energy of the Good News to life in the pulpit.




The Next Gen Preacher Search is open to all high school juniors and seniors as well as undergraduate college students (ages 16-22). You do not need to be a Pepperdine student, and you do not need to be a religion or Bible major to enter. Experienced preachers will review all the submissions and provide constructive feedback. 

How to Enter

Your video submission is only a portion of a lesson and should be 5-6 minutes in length (please do not submit a video longer than 6 minutes). It may be shot anywhere, but please be sure that you can be both seen and heard clearly. Upload your video to Youtube or Vimeo and then fill out the submission form including your video link. In order to be considered in the Search, submissions must be made before October 15th.