(a) To introduce candidates to theological and pastoral issues in preaching;
(b) To enable candidates to understand and acquire basic techniques required for preaching;
(c) To give candidates opportunity to practice preaching and develop skills in its critique and training, sufficient to begin a preaching ministry.
Section A: An Introduction to Preaching
1. Preaching as the ministry of the Word; preaching and teaching; preaching and liturgy.
2. The aims, forms and context of preaching; consideration of classical models.
3. Preaching and the preacher; the person of the preacher; the relationship between preaching and personal spirituality.
4. Biblical Theology and its impact on the practice of preaching.
Section B: Preaching in Practice
5. An introduction to basic principles in exposition.
6. The components of a sermon, including introductions and conclusions, outlining, illustrations, applications, transitions, climaxes.
7. Methods and techniques of public speaking; contemporary methods in preaching.
Section C: Field Work
8. The preparation and delivery of a talk or portions of a sermon in class for critique e.g. introduction, illustrations. Where possible video recording is to be used to assist in the critique. This should be done early in the conduct of the unit.
9. (a) The preparation and delivery of at least two sermons preferably in a church or chapel context.
(b) At least one should be expository. The other may be from a different text type or on a topic or given in an occasional or evangelistic context.
(c) Full texts or notes are to be submitted to the supervisor, preferably before each sermon is preached. In each case comments are to be obtained from at least one regular preacher present and at least two congregational members.
(d) The candidate is to write a 500 word critique of each sermon and/or reflect upon the sermon with a supervisor and others, where appropriate.
Course begins: 26 Feb 2018
Course ends: 15 June 2018
Registration deadline: 19 Feb 2018