The unit is a practical study of preaching in the context of worship and mission. The focus of the unit will be on preaching the Scriptures within specific liturgical occasions but will also explore the purpose and method of evangelistic preaching. Students will develop a critical framework for understanding the nature and purpose of preaching, building on foundational skills in biblical studies and theology. They will explore the relationship of preaching to its context in worship, and prepare a sermon addressed to a particular context.

Unit Code: DL9100T

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit Discipline: Liturgy

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Trinity College Theological School

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Learning Outcomes


Interpret a given text in the light of the scripture and the tradition of the church.


Understand the purpose and place of preaching in the life and mission of the Christian community.


Evaluate approaches to preaching within the worship and mission of the church


Explore the place of preaching within particular liturgical events including the eucharist, baptisms, weddings and funerals


Engage critically with various approaches to preaching including evangelistic preaching.


Communicate the relevance of the texts for the daily life of hearers.


Articulate the specific social and religious contexts out of which a particular sermon arises and addresses, critically assessing the way context shapes content

Unit sequence

30 points in Biblical Studies and at least 15 points in Systematic Theology


Lectures and workshops


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)
Oral Presentation

Oral presentation of short sermons to class, submitted as a paper (equivalent 1,000 words)

1000 25.0

Essay of 2,500 words

2500 40.0

Written sermon of 2,500 words (different sermon from oral presentation)

2500 35.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 16 Mar, 2017

Unit Record last updated: 2019-05-27 13:18:54 +1000