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About Sermon of the Year

The Sermon of the Year 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 event 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.

The top ten shortlisted sermons appear in a book published by Preach and are 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 are 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.

Congratulations to this year’s winner Clare Masters!


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 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.