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About Sermon of the Year


Theme: Made by God        Deadline date: midnight Sunday 16 February

The Sermon of the Year competition aims to encourage and celebrate the art of preaching. We believe in the power of God’s Word and the inspiration of the Holy Spirit that bring encounters with God when people preach and others hear them.

In this strange time of increasing uncertainty and chaos in personal lives and in world affairs, those of us with faith need to search deeply into our own relationship with God and know that we stand on firm foundations. This world is Made by God, we are Made by God. Take it away, preachers!

The competition is open to everyone! We welcome entries from all denominations and from people of all ages and experience. That is those of you writing your first sermon – those of you who are in the early days of preaching – those of you who are seasoned preachers and those who are established ministers. We are looking for people with passion, potential and natural gifting in communicating the Word of God.


The top ten shortlisted sermons may appear in a book published by Preach and available to purchase. This is a non-profit publication to record the best of each year’s entries. Sales go towards the costs of production.

The Final

The top four finalists will be invited to preach their sermon live in front of an audience and a panel of friendly judges. Prizes may include generous book vouchers and, for the winner, a year’s free study at a theological college or a retreat.


Each entry will be judged on the following areas:

•       Bible text: identifying and engaging with Scripture

•       Handling of biblical themes and ideas (exegesis)

•       Structure (organization and use of examples)

•       Application (how the themes and ideas are useful today)

•       Language (are you communicating well)

•       Theme (how well does your sermon connect with the theme)

For full terms and conditions see here.

How to enter

Submit a written sermon of no more than 1500 words on the subject Made by God by midnight on Sunday 16 February 2020.

Send in Word or similar text file, not pdf.


  •   your name, address, contact numbers, date of birth

  •   how many sermons you have preached: first one, 1-20, 20-50, over 50

  • denomination and, if relevant, position in church

  • where you heard about Sermon of the Year.

Send your entry to


Read the top four sermon of the Year 2019 entries:

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Sermon of the Year books 

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Sermon of the Year 2019: The Power of Love

Enjoy the latest compilation of the top 10 Sermon of the Year submitted sermons. We asked preachers to explore the theme of love . You can buy the Power of Love book from CPO


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Sermon of the Year 2018: Be Set Free

We're delighted to share with you the collection of the top 10 Sermon of the Year 2018 entries. We asked preachers to explore the theme of freedom resulting in a very different approach from each finalist. You can buy the Be Set Free book from CPO


Sermon of the Year 2017: God in the Dark

We asked entrants to write a sermon of between 1000 and 2000 words on the topic of 'God in the Dark'. We have published a book of the top ten sermons from the competition, including Carole's winning sermon. It is available from CPO here.



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Sermon of the Year 2016: Reason for Hope

In 2016 London School of Theology and Preach magazine launched a competition designed to put a spotlight on the art of preaching, to encourage young preachers to test their skills and seasoned preachers to hone theirs. Sermon of the Year 2016 invited submissions of written sermons on the subject, “Reason for Hope.” You can buy the book featuring the top 10 sermons here.