L8520
Foundations of Preaching

This postgraduate unit  seeks to establish a theology of preaching that provides an adequate theoretical foundation to preaching practice and introduces students to the foundational skills needed for the preparation and delivery of homilies/sermons. It includes the definition of preaching/homiletics, a brief history of preaching/homiletics, the language of preaching/homiletics including story and technology, text selection and exegesis of texts, Sermon construction, preaching style and delivery taking account of context, listeners, and medium, and practical evaluation of a sermon.

Study Level

Postgraduate

Discipline

Christian Life and Ministry

Sub Discipline

Worship and Liturgy

Credit Points

9

Prerequisites

Nil

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this unit students will be able to:

  1. apply theological and theoretical principles to distinguish quality preaching of homilies/sermons
  2. appraise a service of worship and explain the place of the homily/sermon
  3. differentiate between written discourse and oral discourse and explain their interrelationship
  4. demonstrate a range of preaching styles
  5. prepare and deliver sermons/homilies that are creative and exhibit a basic structure that fits the context.
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