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: DP9024S

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Elective

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.


Demonstrate an understanding of their own pastoral preaching tradition.


Postgraduate students will also be able to articulate theologically the pastoral context and function of preaching.

Unit sequence

15 points in foundational units in each of Fields B, C, and


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 word reading reflections


2 x sermons/homilies written and presented = 2500 words


1500 word theologically reflective essay on the practice of preaching


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

Unit Record last updated: 2019-10-22 16:29:02 +1100