Each year the Indiana Conference Board of Laity offers the opportunity to all laity of the Indiana Conference to express thanks and praise God by submitting an original sermon manuscript for judging. The theme this year is “What Does It Take To Be A Fruitful United Methodist Congregation?” Due to the full agenda of the Laity Session, it is necessary that the sermon be no more than 15 minutes in length. Entries are judged based on creative and original development of the theme, but may be eliminated due to length.

The author will present the winning manuscript at the Laity Session of the Indiana Annual Conference on Thursday evening, June 10, at Emens Auditorium on the campus of Ball State University in Muncie. Two other manuscripts will be given Honorable Mention.

Manuscripts need to be mailed to Ike Williams, Indiana Conference Co-Lay Leader, 1515 Cool Creek Drive, Carmel, IN 46033-2318 or by e-mail to ike.williams@att.net.  The manuscript must be accompanied by a cover sheet or letter that includes the writer’s name, address, phone number, e-mail address, local church name and district. Please do not include any personally identifying information in the manuscript. Manuscripts will be assigned a number and will be judged anonymously by the selection committee. All entries must be received by May 3. The winner will be notified by May 24.

Additional information concerning the contest can be obtained by contacting Bob Pimlott, Southeast District Lay Leader at rpimlott1@verizon.net or by calling 812-273-3081.