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C3 Sermon Challenge: 2023

Updated: Mar 3, 2023

C3 Sermon Challenge (Named in Honor of Mike and Sandy Sigmon)

The church needs to hear the Word of God proclaimed regarding Christians caring for creation. To nurture this proclamation, C3 is sponsoring for a third year, a Creation Care sermon challenge for ministers of all denominations, ages, genders, and ordination status.

Criteria and Submission

The sermon should be on the topic of creation care and about 15-30 minutes long. Submissions should be sent to and received by Earth Day, April 22, 2023. Please title the email "C3 Sermon Challenge." You are free to submit the written manuscript by attaching a document or pasting a link to the document in the email. Alternatively, you can submit a link (YouTube or otherwise) to a video of you preaching the sermon. We welcome either or both.


The sermon will be blind judged by a panel of seasoned proclaimers based on theological content, creativity, practical application, and persuasive language.

Theological/Biblical Content 40 points

Practical Application 30 points

Creativity 15 points

Persuasive Language 15 points.


The winner of the sermon challenge will be awarded $500.00. Two honorable mention awards of $250 will be awarded as well. Sermons must be preached in some corporate setting in order to collect the award. The winning sermon and two honorable mention sermons will also be posted on the C3 website and Facebook page.

Mike Sigmon, benefactor for the C3 Sermon Challenge, is a retired Baptist pastor who lives in Hickory, NC along with his wife Sandy. He is a graduate of Mars Hill College and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, while Sandy has degrees from Lenoir-Rhyne University and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. They have two children and two grandchildren. Mike is the President of Life Enrichment, Inc. and hosts travel tours around the world so that people can be inspired by God’s beautiful creation.

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