Preaching and Context

This unit examines preaching in its social and cultural context. It focuses on contextual issues in preaching, 21st Century: post-modern, post-structural, pseudo-modern, styles of preaching: cognitive and affective; inductive and deductive, structures in preaching: declarative, pragmatic, narrative, visionary, integrative, and communication techniques and context.

Study Level



Christian Life and Ministry

Sub Discipline

Worship and Liturgy

Credit Points



L7220 Introduction to Preaching

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. appraise contemporary social and cultural context, extrapolate future trends, and comment on the place of preaching
  2. explain the principles underlying effective preaching in particular contexts
  3. design sermons or homilies incorporating variations in style and structure
  4. critique sermons or homilies with reference to their social and cultural context
  5. preach sermons or homilies that effectively communicate in different contexts.
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