This unit explores what we understand Christian preaching to be and do, and equips students to preach effectively in their context.

Unit code: DP9025Z

Unit status: Approved (New unit)

Points: 24.0

Unit level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit discipline: Pastoral Theology and Ministry Studies

Proposing College: Wollaston Theological College

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Learning outcomes


Critically analyse theological and pastoral theories of preaching


Understand different models and modes of preaching and apply this understanding in different preaching contexts


Prepare and deliver an effective sermon, appropriate to the context


Constructively critique their own sermons and those of others


Critically analyse homiletical artefacts

Unit sequence

48 points in biblical studies


seminars, practicums, and structured feedback

Indicative Bibliography

  • Brown, Sally A. and Luke A. Powery. Ways of the Word: Learning to Preach for Your Time and Place. Fortress, 2016.
  • Edwards, O.C., A History of Preaching. Abingdon, 2004.
  • Heywood, David. Transforming Preaching: The Sermon as a Channel for God's Word. SPCK, 2013.
  • Kim, Eunjoo Mary. Women Preaching: Theology and Practice Through the Ages. Wipf and Stock, 2009.
  • Long, Thomas G., The Witness of Preaching, Third Edition. Westminster John Knox Press, 2016.
  • Lose, David. Preaching at the Crossroads: How the World—and Our Preaching—Is Changing. Fortress Press, 2013.
  • Thompson, Lisa L. Ingenuity: Preaching as an Outsider. Abingdon, 2018.
  • Tisdale, Leonora Tubbs, and Troeger, Thomas H. A Sermon Workbook: Exercises in the Art and Craft of Preaching. Abingdon Press, 2013.
  • Travis, Sarah, Decolonizing Preaching The Pulpit as Postcolonial Space. Cascade, 2014.
  • Whiteley, Raewynne J. Steeped in the Holy: Preaching as Spiritual Practice. Rowman and Littlefield, 2007.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Homily/Sermon 1000 15.0
Homily/Sermon 1500 25.0
Exegesis - Exegesis for preaching 1500 15.0
Book Review 1000 10.0
Essay 2000 25.0
Peer Evaluation 500 10.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Prof Albert Haddad on 18 Nov, 2022

Unit record last updated: 2022-11-18 10:44:37 +1100