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DP2/3/9024S

The Pastoral Practice of Preaching

Elective Unit for postgraduates

Content: This unit examines pastoral and prophetic preaching traditions and practices. A particular focus will be the practice of sermon preparation and presentation, with an emphasis on developing “pastoral listening” skills, utilizing resources, and developing a self-critical faculty. Crafting sermons and the art of preaching are examined using both student-prepared and model sermons. Topics examined include: contextual preaching; involving the congregation in preaching; plagiarism; the role of scripture, theology, reflection, interpretation, prayer and experience in preaching.

Learning outcomes: Upon successful completion of this unit it is expected that students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate awareness of and critical assessment of different preaching methods and styles.
  2. Explain the role of reflection, interpretation, prayer and experience in preaching.
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of what constitutes plagiarism in the 21st century.
  4. Demonstrate the ability to prepare and deliver a pastoral sermon.
  5. third level students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the pastoral preaching tradition, not only in the student’s own faith tradition, but in at least one other faith tradition.
  6. and postgraduate students will be able to explain the pastoral context and function of preaching.

Teaching Methods: The unit will consist of seminars, discussion and work groups, and practical sessions.

Pre-requisites:

2nd level – BN1001 and DP1001 or equivalent.
3rd level – 15 points in foundational units in each of Fields B, C, and D with at least 120 points across all fields.
postgraduate – 15 points in foundational units in each of Fields B, C, and D

Class Time: Three hours per week

Offered: semester 2, 2018

Assessment:

Second level
10 x 200 word reading reflections                         50%
2 x sermons/homilies written and presented (=2000 words)     50%

Third  level
10 x 200 word reading reflections                         30%
2 x sermons/homilies written and presented (= 2000 words)     40%
1000 word theologically reflective essay on the practice of preaching  30%

Postgraduate
10 x 200 word reading reflections                         30%
2 x sermons/homilies written and presented     40%
1500 word theologically reflective essay on the practice of preaching  30%

Faculty: Andrew Menzies

Recommended Reading:
* = set texts recommended for purchase

Bodycomb, J Excited to Speak Exciting to Hear. Adelaide, Openbook 2003
Campbell, Charles L The Word Before the Powers: An Ethic of Preaching. Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2002
Childers, J Birthing the Sermon. St. Louis: Chalice Press, 2001
Craddock, F B Overhearing the Gospel. St. Louis: Chalice Press, 2002
*Craddock, F B Preaching. Nashville: Abingdon, 1988
*Erdman, C Countdown to Sunday: A Daily Guide for Those Who Dare to Preach. Grand Rapids: Brazos Press, 2007
Gray, M Public Speaking. Melbourne: Schwartz and Wilkinson, 1991
Harris, J Preaching Liberation. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 1995
Jeter, R J One Gospel Many Ears. St Louis: Chalice Press, 2002
Lischer, R A Theology of Preaching: The Dynamics of the Gospel. Nashville: Abingdon, 1981 1992
van der Geest, H Presence in the Pulpit. Atlanta: John Knox Press, 1981