Originally published in News24
Gifted Christian preachers from all denominations now have a platform to share their talent in ministry with a larger audience, and stand a chance to win a massive cash prize.
Calling The Called preachers challenge, launched as the first South African television show to focus on uncovering talented preachers originally debuted on GauTv (DStv channel 265) in 2019 and has returned for season two.
Open to all preachers in the Christian faith across the country is the brainchild of musician and decorated theologian Dr Victor Phume and produced by Ruth Phume.
“The focus is for those who have talent but are not discovered, those who are not given a chance to develop their gift,” says Ngwako Serepe, a spokesperson for the show.
Due to Covid-19 regulations, in-person auditions have been scrapped and preachers are now expected to submit audition videos to enter the competition.
The competition will also be primarily run online with the videos being shared via the Calling the Called YouTube channel.
A few changes will be made to the show which will also target other countries on the African continent.
The show will be screened on YouTube, GauTV, Tshwane TV and TV stations in Uganda and Ghana.
“(The candidate is) a person who can capture the word of God and bring it to our day-to-day lives, someone who can be able to captivate their audiences,” says Serepe.
A total of $10 000 (around R151 000) is up for grabs for the winner of season two.
Auditions are currently open and will officially close on Monday 27 September.
“Calling The Called is paving the way for the future pastors and steering towards reaching the masses in the new norm,” says Ruth Mabona, station manager at GauTV, in a statement.
To enter, preachers are to submit an audition video. Videos will be posted on the show’s official Youtube channel. Once live, preachers are to share the video to invite people to view. A minimum number of views is needed to advance in the challenge.
- For more information on how to enter, video submission criteria and rules, subscribe to the Calling The Called Youtube channel. To submit audition videos, email firstname.lastname@example.org or WhatsApp 072 766 9583.
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