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Register online by Monday, February 15.

Sermon Development Workshop

Thursday, February 25
noon-1 p.m. CST
BSSP Seminary Communications Center or via conference call (651.994.4300 ID# 493096)

Attend an optional informal sermon workshop to explore sermon ideas with your peers, faculty and contest judges. You'll have the opportunity to receive feedback on your sermon ideas and biblical text selection from Seminary preaching faculty and experienced pastors who will serve as judges. Bring your own lunch. Dessert provided. RSVP online by Monday, February 1.

Submit Your Sermon

Record and submit a link to your sermon by Monday, March 14. Read instructions on submitting your sermon outline and video. 

Round One

Sermon videos will be reviewed by 6 judges who represent members of the Bethel Seminary preaching faculty and local pastors with significant preaching experience. Finalists will be notified by Wednesday, April 6 via email.

Round Two

Top 3 finalists will preach their sermons live at Bethel University College of Arts and Sciences Chapel. Four judges will attend all 3 finalist chapel dates to vote on a winner and provide valuable feedback to each finalist.

The 3 finalists' sermons will also be recorded during chapel and posted online between April 27 and May 4 to facilitate online voting by the audience. The final order of the top 3 finalists, including declaration of a winner, will be determined by weighted voting: 50% based on compilation of 4 votes cast by round-two judges (consisting of Bethel Seminary faculty and local pastors); and 50% based on online votes cast by the Bethel community who either attended chapel or watched the sermons online.

InMinistry and BSSD students unable to preach live at Bethel chapel in St. Paul may record a round-two version of their sermon (incorporating any feedback received from round-one judging) to be played at chapel for the round-two preaching events.

First place winner will preach her/his sermon Colonial Church of Edina at date to be determined.