Preaching – Theology and Practice

MTh pathway in Biblical and Theological Studies
COURSE UNIT 741

UNIT DESCRIPTION

The unit explores different approaches to the preaching task and considers some of the theological foundations for the practice of preaching. It opens with discussion of the discipline of theological reflection itself and applies this process to reflection upon the nature of preaching. Current criticisms of the practice of preaching, and responses to them, are considered. The unit introduces students to recent developments in the theory and practice of preaching, especially the inductive, narrative and form-sensitive approaches which are often described as the ‘new homiletic’. It also considers some of the key issues in contemporary hermeneutics which affect the ways in which Scripture is used within preaching. Preaching workshops in which students can experiment with new approaches to preaching form part of the residential component. These workshops provide an opportunity for students to reflect constructively upon each others’ preaching and to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of different preaching strategies.

Aims

That students will develop theological and practical tools by which they reflect intelligently on the preaching ministry as a means to growing and improving as a preacher

INTENDED LEARNING OUTCOMES:

CATEGORY OF OUTCOMEBY THE END OF THIS UNIT STUDENTS SHOULD BE ABLE TO:
Knowledge and understanding
  • critically evaluate some contemporary trends in homiletics
  • engage critically with scholarly literature relating to the theology and practice of preaching
  • describe and assess various approaches to the preaching task
Intellectual skills
  • articulate a theology of preaching appropriate to today’s society
  • discuss the role of preaching within the contemporary context
  • identify the influences upon their own approach to preaching
  • use appropriate criteria to assess their own preaching and that of others
Practical and transferable skills; personal qualities
  • construct sermons in different styles and formats
  • understand and apply guidelines for effective oral communication
  • demonstrate their ability to interpret biblical texts and to identify their potential for preaching

Assessment:

ASSESSMENT TASK:LENGTH:WEIGHTING WITHIN UNIT
Formative:
    Summative:
    • 1. An essay
    • 2a. A recording of a live sermon with text or transcript,
    • 2b. accompanied by a reflective commentary

    1. 3000 words
    2a. No more than 1500 words
    2b. 1500-2000 words

    50%
    25%
    25%
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    Preaching – Theology and Practice

    MTh pathway in Biblical and Theological Studies
    Course Unit 741

    Credits:

    30

    Level:

    7

    Hours of Learning:

    300

    Tutor:

    Dr Stephen I. Wright

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