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, in particular, to the development of skills and conceptual understanding that will support the development of effective worship leading and biblical communication.

Unit code: DL8798B

Unit status: Approved (Major revision)

Points: 24.0

Unit level: Postgraduate Foundational

Unit discipline: Liturgy

Proposing College: Eva Burrows College

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Learning outcomes


Analyse a number of worship “styles” and preaching methods, assessing their distinctives, and their 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.


Outline and employ principles of worship planning and leadership and evaluate their effectiveness.


Design appropriate resources for biblical communication, using hermeneutical principles and homiletical skills for use in a congregational setting.


Evaluate preaching and worship methods in light of societal change.

Unit sequence

Lectures, group work, online forums, videos


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.

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 - Essay 3000 50.0
Book Review - Book review 1500 25.0
Essay - Sermon outline 1500 25.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Maggie Kappelhoff on 17 Sep, 2020

Unit record last updated: 2021-06-07 08:43:51 +1000