First, this is not to bash young preachers; I am looking for opinions and information. Please do not use this thread to bash. Also, I welcome any young preachers to join in, but please let them feel welcome. I have heard of little boys preaching; they have been in the news over the years. One news story had a snippet of a child preaching, and he was doing very well, parroting, it seemed to me, what he had seen and heard demonstrated. This was a little guy around 11 - 12 years of age, who had created problems by preaching on the school playground. I have also heard of boys 16- and 17-years-old preaching but have never heard one preach. What does a child preach? What training is necessary in such cases? What is preaching, in general, that allows children without training to preach in the assembly? I fear that if I were to hear a child preach, my response would be more like, "Aw. Isn't that cute?" I cannot see how I could take it seriously. It is not that I have not met many very wise young people; it has been my experience that many are far wiser than my peers in certain areas. But it seems that much of preaching must be based upon biblical knowledge, most of which is gained through years of study, and experience, which comes only with time.