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LSTC announces the James Kenneth Echols Prize for Excellence in Preaching

Posted Jun 13, 2007

Beginning in the spring semester of the 2007-08 academic year, the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago will hold an annual preaching competition named in honor of the seminary's current president, James Kenneth Echols. The winner of the competition will be announced each year at LSTC's commencement ceremony in May. A $500 award will be given to the winner.

The competition has been established and funded by Mr. LeRoy T. Carlson, a long-time generous supporter of LSTC's ministry. The goals of the prize are to promote the quality and excellence of preaching, to inspire students at LSTC to fully use their varied gifts to improve their preaching skills, to increase the visibility and importance of preaching the Gospel on the LSTC campus and the world beyond, and to recognize the Rev. Dr. James Kenneth Echols and his many contributions to LSTC by naming the prize in his honor.

Eligible participants must be a Lutheran currently enrolled in the master of divinity program at LSTC and a candidate for ordination in a Lutheran denomination. Contestants must also have completed or currently be enrolled in one of LSTC's preaching classes. Part-time LSTC students will be eligible to participate, provided the other criteria are met.

Participants will preach in the Augustana Chapel, preferably as part of the regular worship schedule. The sermon will be submitted in writing and in video format for consideration by the judges.

A committee of four persons, including the Carlson Professor of Homiletics, the president of LSTC, and two members of the LSTC faculty from the Bible and Theology/Church History divisions, will select the prizewinner. During the fall semester prior to the announcement of the contest, the Carlson Professor of Homiletics will choose and publicize the biblical texts or a theme and suggest a length of sermons to be submitted for consideration. The committee will establish the criteria for judging the competition that reflect a faithful Lutheran hermeneutical perspective on the text along with effective contemporary approaches to the proclamation of the Gospel.


Dr. Craig A. Satterlee
Carlson Professor of Homiletics

Jan Boden
Director of Communications

The Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago forms visionary leaders to bear witness to the good news of Jesus Christ. Its approximately 290 students come from all parts of the United States and from around the world to study in the masters level and advanced studies programs. Graduates become pastors, other church leaders, and university and seminary professors. LSTC is a seminary of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and a member of the Association of Chicago Theological Schools, allowing students to cross-register among the 12 member seminaries and drawing on a wealth of ecumenical resources. LSTC enjoys a number of cooperative arrangements with the University of Chicago.

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