Since 1968, Bethel Seminary has been recognizing outstanding communicators within the Bethel Seminary student body through the Omark Preaching Awards. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the preaching competition in honor of former seminary professor Edwin J. Omark, and will again award 3 students who demonstrate excellence in preaching.
Justice is a major theme of the Old Testament prophets as well as the teachings of Jesus.
What does justice look like?
In light of the challenges in our country and our world today, what does the Word of God say about justice?
Round 1 consists of video submissions of sermons based on this year’s theme. Sermons are judged by a panel of Seminary preaching faculty and experienced preaching pastors to select the top 3 finalists. The finalists will preach in Chapel on May 1, 3 and 5.
Both the audience and judges are involved in the critiquing process to select the prize order.
Awards and Benefits
1st Place: $1,000 - Edwin J Omark Preaching Award and an opportunity to preach at Sanctuary Church in Minneapolis. If the winner resides in the San Diego area, they will have an opportunity to preach at Rancho Bernardo Community Presbyterian Church.
2nd Place: $800 - Robert A Featherstone Memorial Scholarship
3rd Place: $600 - Emily A VanAntwerp Memorial Preaching Scholarship
Benefits to All Participants
Sermon preparation support
Internship credit for 1 sermon preached
Constructive feedback on submitted sermons
A video recorded sermon you can use in your search for ministry placement
All Bethel Seminary students currently enrolled in a Master of Divinity or Master of Arts degree program are eligible to enter.
The 50th Annual Edwin J. Omark Preaching Awards are made possible in part by the following endowments: Edwin J. Omark Preaching Award Scholarship; Robert A. Featherstone Memorial Scholarship; and the Emily A. VanAntwerp Memorial Preaching Scholarship.