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Edwin J. Omark Preaching Awards

Since 1968, Bethel Seminary has been recognizing outstanding communicators within the Bethel Seminary student body through the Omark Preaching Awards. This year marks the 54th anniversary of the preaching competition in honor of former seminary professor Edwin J. Omark, and will again award three students who demonstrate excellence in preaching.

Sermon Theme

Act justly, love mercy, walk humbly (Micah 6:8).

We are in an unprecedented and uncertain time in the world where things are changing every day. Hope often feels more difficult to come by, and our desire and ability to follow these commands is ever changing, daunting, and scary. Yet, God still calls us to have hope that his vision for the world has not changed. His desire for his people to be the hands and feet of justice, mercy, and humility in the world still remains the same. What does it look like to do that now? 

While Micah 6:8 is the main theme of this year's competition, it does not need to be your primary text. Of course, you can use this as your primary text if you desire, but the idea is that it is merely a starting point for you as you look for supplementary bible passages to preach on. 

Awards and Benefits

First Award: $1000—Edwin J. Omark Preaching Award and the opportunity to preach at the undergraduate chapel service in mid-April in St. Paul. Because of the unpredictability of COVID-19 regulations, the date for the chapel service is still tentative, as well as the format (in person versus remotely).

Second Award: $800—Robert A. Featherstone Memorial Scholarship

Third Award: $600—Emily A. VanAntwerp Memorial Preaching Scholarship

Benefits to All Participants

Sermon preparation support, constructive feedback on submitted sermons, and a video recorded sermon you can use in your search for ministry placement.


All Bethel Seminary students (online or face-to-face) currently enrolled in a Master’s level program are eligible to enter.

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