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 2016 Annual Conference Session, the theme for this year’s manuscript contest is “Be Hope,” based on Romans 5:1-5 and Jeremiah 29:11.

The winning sermon manuscript will be presented during the Annual Conference’s Laity Session on Thursday, June 9. Manuscripts should be no more than 15 minutes in length. Entries will be judged based on creative and original development of the theme, but could be eliminated due to length.
Manuscripts need to be mailed to Doris Clark, 7504 Normandy Blvd., Indianapolis, IN 46278 or sent by email to

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.

All entries must be received no later than May 2 and the winner will be notified by May 20.

For additional information about the contest, please contact Anthony Swinger, Central District Co-Lay Leader, at or call 317-372-4991.

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