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 (Approved)

Points: 24.0

Unit level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit discipline: Liturgy

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)

Indicative Bibliography

  • Carrell, Lori J. Preaching That Matters: Reflective Practices for Transforming Sermons. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2013.
  • Childers, Jana (ed.). Birthing the Sermon: Women Preachers on the Creative Process. St Louis: Chalice Press, 2001
  • Clader, Linda L. Voicing the Vision: Imagination and Prophetic Preaching. Harrisburg PA: Morehouse Publishing, 2003.
  • Craddock, Fred B. Preaching. Burlington Ont: Welch Publishing Company Inc, 1985.
  • Florence, Anna Carter. Preaching as Testimony. Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox Press, 2007.
  • Johnson, Patrick W. T. The Mission of Preaching: Equipping the Community for Faithful Witness. Downers Grove Il: IVP Academic, 2015.
  • Kim, Eunjoo Mary. Preaching in an Age of Globalization. Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox Press, 2010.
  • Long, Thomas G. The Witness of Preaching. 2nd ed. Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox Press, 2005.
  • Lucas, Stephen E.The Art of Public Speaking. 12th ed. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill, 2014.
  • Quicke, Michael J. 360 Degree Preaching: Hearing, Speaking and Living the Word. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2003
  • Robinson, Haddon and Craig Brown Larson. The Art and Craft of Biblical Preaching: A Comprehensive Resource for Today’s Communicators. Grand Rapids MI: Zondervan, 2005.
  • Stanley, Andy, and Ronald Lane Jones. Communicating for a Change: Seven Keys to Irresistible Communication. Colorado Springs, CO: Multnomah Books, 2006.
  • Wilson, Paul Scott. Preaching as Poetry: Beauty, Goodness and Truth in Every Sermon. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2014.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)

Sermon presentation (1750 words)

1750 20.0

Two feedback papers (2000 words)

2000 30.0

Sermon presentation (1750 words)

1750 20.0

Sermon collaboration exercises (2500 words)

2500 30.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Maggie Kappelhoff on 9 Oct, 2020

Unit record last updated: 2020-10-30 19:16:47 +1100