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DP2/3/9024S

The Pastoral Practice of Preaching

This unit examines the traditions and practices of pastoral preaching. 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; theological underpinnings of the context; involving the congregation in preaching; plagiarism and integrity; the role of scripture, theology, reflection, interpretation, prayer and experience in preaching. 


Lecturer: Andrew Menzies
Offered: Refer to Timetable

Undergraduate: Level 2 or 3
Postgraduate: Level 9 elective

Discipline: DP Pastoral Theology and Ministry Studies

Prerequisites:
Second Level: 1 unit (18 points) in foundational units in each of Fields B, C, and D (including BN1001S and DP1001S or equivalent).
Third Level: 1 unit (18 points) in foundational units in each of Fields B, C, and D with at least 144 points across all fields.

Postgraduate: 1 unit (24 points) in foundational units (level 8) in each of Field B, C, and D


Learning Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

Undergraduate:

  1. Demonstrate awareness of different preaching methods and styles. 
  2. Evaluate the role of reflection, interpretation, prayer and experience in preaching. 
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of what constitutes integrity in 21st century preaching. 
  4. Create and deliver a pastoral sermon. 
  5. (Level 3) Critically discuss the meaning of pastoral preaching tradition in different faith traditions. 
  6. (Leve3) Theologically articulate a framework of pastoral preaching relevant to a specific, local context. 

Postgraduate:

  1. Investigate different preaching methods and styles. 
  2. Analyse and critically evaluate the role of reflection, interpretation, prayer and experience in preaching. 
  3. Critically investigate and show an advanced understanding of what constitutes integrity in 21st century preaching. 
  4. Construct and deliver a pastoral sermon. 
  5. Critically appraise (and design ways to understanding) the meaning of pastoral preaching in different faith traditions. 

Assessments:

Level 2 (undergraduate) 
10 x Document Study (2000 words total) 50%
2 x Homily/Sermon (2000 words total) 50%

Level 3 (undergraduate) 
10 x Document Study (2000 words total) 30%
2 x Homily/Sermon (2000 words total) 40%
Essay (1000 words) 30%

Level 9 (postgraduate) 
10 x Document Study (2000 words total) 25%
2 x Homily/Sermon (2000 words total) 25%
Essay (3000 words) 50%


Select Bibliography:

*Recommended reading

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. 

Erdman, C.Countdown to Sunday: A Daily Guide for Those Who Dare to Preach. Grand Rapids: Brazos Press, 2007. 

Copeland, J. E. Feminine Registers: The Importance of Women’s Voices for Christian Preaching. Eugene, Oregon: Cascade2014. 

Johnson, P.W.T. The Mission of Preaching : Equipping the Community for Faithful Witness. Downers Grove, Illinois: IVP Academic, 2015. 

Keller, T. Preaching : Communicating Faith in an Age of Scepticism. New York, N.Y.: Viking, 2015. 

Kim, EMChristian Preaching and Worship in Multicultural Contexts : A Practical Theological Approach. Collegeville, Minnesota: Liturgical Press2017. 

Kim, EM. Women Preaching: Theoloy and Practice Through the AgesRugeneWipf & Stock, 2004. 

Lamb, L. W. Blessed and Beautiful : Multiethnic Churches and the Preaching That Sustains Them. Eugene, Oregon: Cascade Books2014. 

Travis, SDecolonizing Preaching : Decolonizing Preaching the Pulpit as Postcolonial Space . Eugene, Oregon: Cascade Books2014.