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Preach it – entries invited for Sermon of the Year 2016

The London School of Theology (LST) and Preach Magazine have launched a national competition, Sermon of the Year 2016, designed to be the catalyst for a fresh look at and celebration of the craft of preaching ...

The London School of Theology (LST) and Preach Magazine have launched a national competition, Sermon of the Year 2016, designed to be the catalyst for a fresh look at and celebration of the craft of preaching.

This unique competition will explore how stories and illustrations can be most effectively used and at heart is a way for people to bring the Bible alive to a 21st century audience. Designed to be an opportunity for preachers old and young to hone their skills, the competition is a celebration of those with the gift of communicating the Word of God.

Submissions are to be in the form of written manuscripts of between 1000 and 2000 words, emailed to by midnight on December 31 2015.

Two finalists in the categories of under 21 and 21 and over will preach their sermons to a panel – Rev Dr Ian Coffey, Julie Sheldon and Dr Krish Kandiah – and a live audience on May 28 2016 at LST in Northwood.

The shortlisted entries will be published and the winners will be awarded various resources, the chance to access some free study at LST and the opportunity to be mentored in their ministries.

Preach Magazine editor Jo Swinney said: “We believe sermons have the power to quite literally change the world. Yes, this is in part down to the mysterious working of the Holy Spirit in the hearts of the listeners, but the preacher can do their part. We want the competition to cause our nation’s preachers to consider their craft and raise their games for the glory of God and the advancement of his kingdom.”

Matt Adcock, director of communications at LST said: “The Word of God is the bedrock on which LST’s theological teaching is built and our preaching module is a key element. All LST students undertake church based placements and many deliver sermons across a range of denominations. The Sermon of the Year competition is great opportunity for those with a heart to share God’s Word to step forward and share their skills with a new audience.


Ian Coffey is a Baptist minister, currently the Vice-Principal and Director of Leadership Training at Moorlands College. He has served as Director with the Saltmine Trust and the Evangelical Alliance and was on the leadership of Spring Harvest for nine years. Ian has published 15 books, and is a regular speaker at church events and conferences around the world.

Julie Sheldon is an international speaker, evangelist, writer and broadcaster. She is involved with mentoring and encouraging young women speakers through GirlTalk, set up in 2009 with J John. In 1989 she received a miraculous healing from an incurable neurological illness, an experience she recounts in her book, Dancer off her Feet”(Hodder).

Krish Kandiah is President of LST as well being Founder and Director of Home for Good. A charity finding loving adoptive and foster homes for vulnerable children. Krish is a Vice President of Tearfund and chair of their Theological Advisory Panel. He is also a Lecturer in Evangelism at Regents Park College, Oxford University.

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