The Indiana Conference’s Lay Leadership Team offers an opportunity to express thanks and praise to God by asking laity to submit an original sermon manuscript for judging. This contest is open to all lay people in the Indiana Conference.

Following the theme of Indiana’s 2019 Annual Conference Session, the theme for this year’s manuscript contest is “From Water to Witness,” based on Ephesians 4: 4-5.

The winning sermon manuscript will be presented during the Annual Conference’s Laity Session on Thursday, June 13. Manuscripts should be no more than 15 minutes in length. Entries will be judged based on creative and original development of the theme, but may be eliminated due to length.

Manuscripts need to be sent by email to or mailed to Anthony Swinger, 1309 Alderly Rd., Indianapolis, IN 46260.

The manuscript must be accompanied by a cover sheet or letter that includes the writer’s name, address, phone number, email address, local church name and district. Entrants are asked not to include any personally identifying information in the manuscript itself since it will be assigned a number and judged anonymously.

ALSO THIS YEAR: We will have an additional designated winner who is an emerging leader. If you are middle school, high school, or college age, please indicate “Emerging Leader” on the cover page of your submission.

All entries must be received no later than May 24. The winner will be notified by June 5.

For additional information about the contest, please contact Anthony Swinger, Central District Lay Servant Ministries Coordinator, at or 317-372-4991.