The Sermon Challenge Word

ImageI'm curious: how many of you have encountered the sermon "challenge word"? That's where someone gives the preacher a word they have to work into the sermon. 

I ask because this past Sunday I took a few words from the congregation to work into my sermon. In response to that, many people have told me about similar experiences in preaching classes and church work.

That has inspired me to do a little unscientific investigation to see if we can map the spread of this little game. A few questions:

  1. Where did you first encounter it? (What city? Was it a church? A seminary?)
  2. Who was involved as challenger/challengee?
  3. Approximately what year did you first encounter it?

Thanks for playing!