Unit Code C-M

L7220 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 Undergraduate
Discipline Christian Life and Ministry
Sub Discipline Worship and Liturgy
Credit Points 9
Prerequisites Nil

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. apply theological and theoretical principles to distinguish quality preaching of homilies/sermons
  2. examine a service of worship and explain the place of the homily/sermon
  3. differentiate between written discourse and oral discourse and explain their interrelationship
  4. demonstrate several preaching styles
  5. prepare and deliver sermons / homilies that exhibit a basic structure that fits the context.
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