Submissions deadline date: midnight Sunday 17 February 2019
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.
The competition is open to everyone! We welcome entries from people writing their first sermon - to those who are just beginning to preach - to those who may be seasoned preachers and to those who are established ministers. We are looking for people with passion, potential and natural gifting in communicating the Word of God.
In a world in which The Power of Love is needed more than ever before, we hope the theme inspires you to examine where God is at work. (Remember the words of Bishop Michael Curry at Harry and Megan’s wedding in May 2018.)
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 top four finalists will be invited to preach their sermon live in front of an audience and a panel of judges. Prizes include generous book vouchers and, for the winner, a year’s free study at a school of theology.
The following list is to help you plan and write your sermon. It is also the basis for the judging criteria.
Top tip: if inspiration strikes and you have written your sermon in one go and it’s brilliant – just come back and check it against this list anyway.
• Identifying and engaging with Scripture
• Handling of biblical themes and ideas (exegesis)
• Structure (organisation and use of examples)
• Application (how the themes and ideas are useful today)
• Language (are you communicating well?)
• Theme (how well is your sermon connected with the theme of The Power of Love?)
For full terms and conditions see here.
How to enter
- Submit a written sermon of no more than 1500 words on the subject of The Power of Love by midnight on Sunday 17 February.
- Send in Word or similar text file, not pdf.
- Include your name, address, contact numbers, date of birth, and how many sermons you have preached: first one, 1-20, 20-50, over 50.
- Send your entry to firstname.lastname@example.org
Sermon of the Year books
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.
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.