Introduction to Pastoral Preaching

This course unit introduces students to the initial skills and fundamental principles involved in the preparation and delivery of sermons. The unit will look at the definition and principles of preaching, the brief history of preaching, the language of preaching: written discourse vs-a-vis oral discourse, text selection and processing for preaching, sermon construction, preaching style and delivery, and self-evaluation of preaching.

Study Level



Christian Life and Ministry

Sub Discipline

Pastoral Theology

Credit Points




Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Articulate and prioritize the elements of an effective sermon and its delivery
  2. Explain the role of the sermon in worship and spiritual formation
  3. Analyse a range of preaching styles
  4. Identify a range of pastoral contexts and determine how they influence  the sermon and its delivery
  5. Apply their knowledge and skills to the preparation and delivery of pastorally appropriate sermons.
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