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.
Level 2: 1 x Level 1 units in each of Fields B, C, and D (including BN1001S and DP1001S or equivalent).
Level 3: 1 x Level 1 units in each of Fields B, C, and D with at least 144 points across all fields.
Level 9: 1 x Level 8 unit in each of Field B, C, and D
Upon successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
- Demonstrate awareness of different preaching methods and styles.
- Evaluate the role of reflection, interpretation, prayer and experience in preaching.
- Demonstrate an understanding of what constitutes integrity in 21st-century preaching.
- Create and deliver a pastoral sermon.
- (Level 3) Critically discuss the meaning of pastoral preaching tradition in different faith traditions.
- (Level 3) Theologically articulate a framework of pastoral preaching relevant to a specific, local context.
- Investigate different preaching methods and styles.
- Analyse and critically evaluate the role of reflection, interpretation, prayer and experience in preaching.
- Critically investigate and show an advanced understanding of what constitutes integrity in 21st-century preaching.
- Construct and deliver a pastoral sermon.
- Critically appraise (and design ways to understanding) the meaning of pastoral preaching in different faith traditions.
Undergraduate Level 2
10 x Document Study (2000 words total) 50%
2 x Homily/Sermon (2000 words total) 50%
Undergraduate Level 3
10 x Document Study (2000 words total) 30%
2 x Homily/Sermon (2000 words total) 40%
Essay (1000 words) 30%
Postgraduate Level 9
10 x Document Study (2000 words total) 25%
2 x Homily/Sermon (2000 words total) 25%
Essay (3000 words) 50%
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: Cascade, 2014.
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, E. M. Christian Preaching and Worship in Multicultural Contexts : A Practical Theological Approach. Collegeville, Minnesota: Liturgical Press, 2017.
Kim, E. M. Women Preaching: Theoloy and Practice Through the Ages. Rugene: Wipf & Stock, 2004.
Lamb, L. W. Blessed and Beautiful : Multiethnic Churches and the Preaching That Sustains Them. Eugene, Oregon: Cascade Books, 2014.
Travis, S. Decolonizing Preaching : Decolonizing Preaching the Pulpit as Postcolonial Space . Eugene, Oregon: Cascade Books, 2014.