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 different preaching methods and styles.


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


Demonstrate an understanding of what constitutes integrity in 21st century preaching


Create and deliver a pastoral sermon

Unit sequence

18 points in foundational units in each of Fields B, C, and D including BN1001S and DP1001S or equivalent


The unit will consist of seminars, discussion and work groups and practical sessions


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)
Document Study

10 x 200 documents study 2000 words

2000 50.0

2 x Homily/Sermon 2000 words

2000 50.0

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

Unit Record last updated: 2019-11-20 08:47:27 +1100