Slammers Wanted!

This year’s Spirit Slam, a Spirit & Place Festival Event, will be held in Shelton Auditorium at Christian Theological Seminary on Friday, November 14. The event is presented by Studio Ninety-Six at CTS and the Worship and Arts Ministry of Light of the World Christian Church. Julian "J.Kwest" Deshazier will emcee.

And you’re invited to participate on stage!

Spirit Slam is a poetry and story-telling competition open to all ages that explores the theme of ‘journey.’  If you’d like to compete, craft an original poem or story about a journey that is connected in some way to a Biblical text. Then, practice it until you can perform it without notes in five minutes or less. Once you have it down pat, record yourself, post it on YouTube by Thursday, October 16, and email us the link at

We’ll review your submission, offer feedback, and let you know if you’ve been selected to take part in November’s live competition. Those who have will need two prepared pieces – the one they posted on Youtube, and another should they make it to the final round of competition. 

Slammers will be judged on:
  • Observing the 5 minute, or less, timeframe
  • Working within the theme of ‘Journey’
  • Connecting to a Biblical text
  • Providing a compelling performance, and
  • Audience Feedback
  • Prizes will be awarded to the top performers. So, bring your friends for support, and slam it!

This program is made possible through a Vital Worship Grant from the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship, Grand Rapids, Michigan, with funds provided by Lilly Endowment Inc. For more information, email or call 317-931-2300.


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