Theology Student Essay Competition: $100 Prize

“Worship That Works” Essay Competition

  • Open to: Any theology student (major, major, or significant coursework) 25 or younger.
  • Topic of Essay: “Worship that works”: an essay on your experience of worship that shows perceptive insight, theological wisdom, and practical input for the church. It is recommended that your essay connect worship to broader issues of life in the church and in contemporary society.
  • Criteria for evaluation: theological understanding; commitment to participative vision of worship; accessible and appealing writing style; wit; wisdom; creativity; compelling description of experience; wise advice for the church. The style should be newsy, snappy, fresh, relevant, thought-provoking, and perhaps surprising – rather than “academic” in a safe, dull manner. Your intended audience is thoughtful Christians who are not necessarily academics.
  • Length: 500 – 1,200 words.
  • Due: Midnight, December 15, 2018.
  • Submit to: PrayTell@csbsju.edu as document in attachment to email.
  • Include: Suggested title, essay, full name, email address, location and study program.
  • You may also include one or several pictures or graphics suggested for inclusion with the published post.
  • $100 will be given to the author of the winning essay.
  • The winning essay, and strong runner-up essays, will be considered for publication as a blog post at Pray Tell.
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