Introduction to Preaching

This 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



Christian Life and Ministry

Sub Discipline

Worship and Liturgy

Credit Points




Learning Outcomes

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

  1. assess the quality of homilies/sermons through the application theological and theoretical principles
  2. Look at a service of worship and explain the place of the homily/sermon
  3. Explain the difference between written discourse and oral discourse and explain how they relate to each other
  4. demonstrate two preaching styles
  5. prepare and deliver sermons / homilies that exhibit a basic structure that fits the context.
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