‘Hope’ has been chosen as the theme for the Sermon of the Year competition, the finals of which will be held on 20 May at London’s ExCel centre. The competition, inaugurated by the London School of Theology (LST) and Preach magazine, aims to unearth the preachers of tomorrow.
Among the Under-21s finalists is Phil Hutchinson, 17, who is the Youth Mayor of Derby, and Jess Macklin, 16, from north London. There is also an Over-21s category.
Jo Swinney, editor of Preach magazine, said, ‘Sermons can change the world. We want the competition to help our nation’s preachers consider their craft and raise their game’.
The shortlisted entries will be published, and the winners awarded resources and the opportunity to access free study at LST. They will also be mentored in their ministries.
Matt Adcock, director of communications at LST, said, ‘Preaching is a key element of life and study at LST. Sermon of the Year is a great opportunity for young preachers to share and develop their skills with a new audience and we’re excited to be championing the art of sermon preaching’.