This unit examines pastoral and prophetic preaching traditions and practices. A particular focus will be the practice of sermon preparation and presentation, with an emphasis on developing “pastoral listening” skills, utilizing resources, and developing a self-critical faculty. Crafting sermons and the art of preaching are examined using both student-prepared and model sermons. Topics examined include: contextual preaching; involving the congregation in preaching; plagiarism; the role of scripture, theology, reflection, interpretation, prayer and experience in preaching.

Unit Code: DP2024S

Points: 18.0

Unit Level: Undergraduate Level 2

Unit Discipline: Pastoral Theology and Ministry Studies

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Stirling Theological College

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Learning Outcomes


Demonstrate awareness of and critical assessment of different preaching methods and styles.


Explain and demonstrate the role of reflection, interpretation, prayer and experience in preaching.


Demonstrate an understanding of what constitutes plagiarism in the 21st century.


Demonstrate the ability to prepare and deliver a pastoral sermon.

Unit sequence

BN1001 and DP1001 or equivalent


The unit will consist of seminars, discussion and work groups, practical sessions and students will each present 2 sermons in class.


Description Weight (%)

10 x 200 words reading reflections


2 x sermons/homilies written and presented = 2000 words


Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 14 Oct, 2019

Unit Record last updated: 2019-10-22 16:28:39 +1100