Preaching, Worship and Mission

MTh pathway in Biblical and Theological Studies
COURSE UNIT 747

UNIT DESCRIPTION

The unit provides a theological overview of the place of preaching within corporate worship. It examines contemporary trends in thinking about mission, including but not limited to those associated with the ‘emerging Church’ movement, and it discusses how these trends affect the conception and practice of corporate worship and therefore the traditional conception and practice of preaching. There is a critical evaluation of the way in which cross-cultural mission and worship affects the role and task of the preacher, and an exploration of specific ways in which the practice of preaching in the student’s own church may be enriched and adjusted in the light of a renewed understanding of both worship and mission.

Aims

To assess the place of preaching in the worship and mission of the church today, with a view to good practice which takes account of both traditional understandings and contemporary trends.

INTENDED LEARNING OUTCOMES:

CATEGORY OF OUTCOMEBY THE END OF THIS UNIT STUDENTS SHOULD BE ABLE TO:
Knowledge and understanding
  • evaluate the place of preaching within liturgical and missional theology
  • appraise contemporary trends in thinking about the nature of corporate worship and their implications for preaching
  • appraise contemporary trends in thinking about the mission of the local church and their implications for preaching
Intellectual skills
  • assess critiques of traditional preaching arising especially from contemporary concerns about the missionary nature of the Church
  • formulate an approach to preaching which arises from reflection on these critiques
Practical and transferable skills; personal qualities
  • plan and guide the worshipping life of a local church with sensitivity to its missional as well as pastoral dynamics
  • propose creative ways in which preaching within their local church may become better adapted to contextually appropriate worship and mission
  • exercise discernment in holding together tradition and creativity in leadership

Assessment:

ASSESSMENT TASK:LENGTH:WEIGHTING WITHIN UNIT
Formative:
    Summative:
    • Assignment including an outline of a complete act of worship.

    6000 words

    100%
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    Preaching, Worship and Mission

    MTh pathway in Biblical and Theological Studies
    Course Unit 747

    Credits:

    30

    Level:

    7

    Hours of Learning:

    300

    Tutor:

    Dr Steve F. Latham

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