This unit is designed to give the student an introduction to the theology and practice of public ministry in a local church setting. Attention is given to the development of skills and conceptual understanding that will support the development of effective worship leading and preaching.

Unit code: DL8198B

Unit status: Approved (Minor revision)

Points: 24.0

Unit level: Postgraduate Foundational

Unit discipline: Liturgy

Proposing College: Eva Burrows College

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Learning outcomes


Compare and analyse different worship traditions assessing their distinctives, strengths and weaknesses.


Identify key components of a worship service and the relationship of these components to the overall structure.


Develop and articulate a theology of worship and preaching.


Apply and evaluate appropriate methods for sermon design.


Create a sermon for use in a congregational setting and defend its effectiveness from homiletical principles.

Unit sequence

Readings, online forums, videos, reflective practice


Lectures, group work, online forums, videos

Indicative Bibliography

  • Bechtel, Carol M. Touching the Altar: The Old Testament for Christian Worship. The Calvin Institute of Christian Worship Liturgical Studies Series. Grand Rapids, MI.: William B. Eerdmans Pub, 2008.
  • Brown, Teresa L. Fry. Delivering the Sermon: Voice, Body, and Animation in Proclamation. Elements of Preaching. Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press, 2008.
  • Castleman, Robbie. Story-Shaped Worship: Following Patterns from the Bible and History. Downers Grove, Illinois: InterVarsity Press, 2013.
  • Cherry, Constance M. The Worship Architect: A Blueprint for Designing Culturally Relevant and Biblically Faithful Services. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2010.
  • Craddock, Fred B. Overhearing the Gospel. Rev. and Expanded ed. St. Louis, MO.; Chalice Press, 2002.
  • Edwards, J. Kent. Effective First-Person Biblical Preaching: The Steps from Text to Narrative Sermon. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2005.
  • McKenzie, Alyce. Making a Scene at the Pulpit: vivid preaching for visual listeners. Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox Press, 2018.
  • O’Brien, Glen. Christian Worship: A Theological and Historical Introduction. Melbourne: Uniting Academic Press, 2013.
  • Peterson, Brent D. Created to Worship: God's Invitation to Become Fully Human. Kansas City, MO.: Beacon Hill Press of Kansas City, 2012.
  • Risbridger, John.* The Message of Worship*, Nottingham: Inter-Varsity Press, 2015.
  • Robinson, Haddon W. Biblical Preaching: The Development and Delivery of Expository Messages. Third Edition. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2014.
  • Quicke, Michael J. 360-Degree Preaching: Hearing, Speaking and Living the Word. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2003.
  • Ward, David. Practicing the Preaching Life. Nashville, TN.: Abingdon Press, 2019.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Essay - Integrative essay on worship traditions 1500 25.0
Essay - Annotated worship plan 1500 25.0
Essay - Sermon and Critique 3000 50.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Maggie Kappelhoff on 2 Dec, 2021

Unit record last updated: 2021-12-02 10:59:43 +1100