The unit offers an introduction to the theology and practice of Christian preaching. It examines the nature of preaching in the context of Christian community and gives attention to such issues as adult pedagogy, speaker authority, listener response, gender and culture awareness, processes of creativity, and public speech communication theory.

The course will explore the process of sermon preparation and the dynamics of sermon delivery. This will include context analysis, selection and responsible interpretation of biblical texts and themes, the use of appropriate language, images, narrative and structures and attention to the particulars of voice, non-verbals and style expressed in presentation.

In addition to interactive lectures and small group work, the presentation of sermons and short talks in class will give practical opportunity for learning through preaching and listening.

Unit Code: DL9002W

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit Discipline: Liturgy

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Whitley College

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Learning Outcomes


Formulate a basic theology of preaching


Articulate elementary principles of public speech communication theory and adult pedagogy


Demonstrate a growing competence in preparing, delivering and evaluating sermons


Discuss an appropriate treatment of biblical texts, images, narratives, structures, and delivery in relation to preaching


Contribute substantively to the learning outcomes of other students through collaboration and feedback


Name at least one potential continuing homiletic mentor and articulate a continuing strategy for continuing development

Unit sequence

BN8001W and CT8001W (or equivalent)


Description Weight (%)

Sermon presentation (1250 words)


Sermon presentation (1250 words)


Two feedback papers (1500 words)


Sermon collaboration exercises (2000 words)


Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 30 Sep, 2016

Unit Record last updated: 2019-11-07 10:31:47 +1100