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: DL3002W

Points: 18.0

Unit Level: Undergraduate Level 3

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


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

Unit sequence

BN1001W and CT1001W (or equivalent)


Lecture, Seminar, Group work, Online collaboration (class blog)


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)

Sermon presentation (1250 words)

2500 25.0

Sermon presentation (1250 words)

1250 25.0

Two feedback papers (1500 words)

1500 30.0
Seminar or Tutorial

Sermon collaboration exercises (1000 words)

100 20.0

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

Unit Record last updated: 2019-11-07 09:58:34 +1100