A new competition aims to get preachers talking more about the way faith interacts with people’s work lives.
The Uniting Church’s Creative Ministries Network (CMN) Congregation is inviting preachers from any Christian denomination to submit original sermons that “advance a theologically sound vision of work and faith” to their congregations during Lent.
The sermons must reference at least one of the lectionary readings for the Sundays of Lent from the Revised Common Lectionary.
CMN said sermons should “encourage and inspire church members to see their ordinary work as frontline of God’s mission in the world”.
According to the CMN, work is a subject too rarely raised from the pulpit.
They pointed to a recent National Church Life Survey that found that over the course of a year, only 1 per cent of clergy said they often preach on employment issues, and 24 per cent said they sometimes preach on this topic.
Another survey last year found that many Christians felt their churches didn’t equip them to talk about their faith in the workplace.
Sermons entered into the Strengthening Faith at Work competition should be no longer than 2000 words plus documented quotations/sources.
The award-winning sermons will be printed in a PDF booklet on the CMN Congregation website.
There will be $100 prize for the best sermon from each Sunday of Lent and $300 prize for the best sermon overall and the deadline for entries is midnight 30 April 2017.
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