Sermon Preparation Session
Monday, February 6
noon-1 p.m. CST / 10-11 a.m. PST
St. Paul Seminary Students: Communications Center
San Diego Students: Room 234
Online/InMinistry Students will be given instructions on how to participate online
Attend an optional sermon preparation session 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 Friday, January 13.
Submit Your Sermon
Record and submit a link to your sermon by Monday, March 13. Read instructions on submitting your sermon outline and video. Sermons should address the theme of justice and should not exceed 20 minutes.
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 Monday, April 10 via email.
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 May 2-9 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/Online 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.