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

Unit status: Approved (Major revision)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Undergraduate Level 2

Unit discipline: Pastoral Theology and Ministry Studies

Proposing College: Stirling 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

Indicative Bibliography

  • Bodycomb, J Excited to Speak Exciting to Hear. Adelaide, Openbook 2003
  • Campbell, Charles L. The Word Before the Powers: An Ethic of Preaching. Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2002

  • Childers, J Birthing the Sermon. St. Louis: Chalice Press, 2001
  • Copeland, J. E. Feminine Registers: The Importance of Women's Voices for Christian Preaching. Eugene, Oregon: Cascade, 2014
  • Craddock, F B Overhearing the Gospel. St. Louis: Chalice Press, 2002
  • Erdman, C Countdown to Sunday: A Daily Guide for Those Who Dare to Preach. Grand Rapids: Brazos Press, 2007

  • Johnson, P.W.T. *The Mission of Preaching : Equipping the Community for Faithful Witness. Downers Grove, Illinois: IVP Academic, 2015.
  • Keller, T. Preaching: Communicating Faith in an Age of Scepticism. New York, N.Y.: Viking, 2015.
  • Kim, E. M. Christian Preaching and Worship in Multicultural Contexts: A Practical Theological Approach. Collegeville, Minnesota: Liturgical Press, 2017.
  • Kim, E. M. Women Preaching: Theoloy and Practice Through the Ages. Rugene: Wipf & Stock, 2004.
  • Lamb, L. W. Blessed and Beautiful: Multiethnic Churches and the Preaching That Sustains Them. Eugene, Oregon: Cascade Books, 2014.
  • Travis, S. ecolonizing Preaching: Decolonizing Preaching the Pulpit as Postcolonial Space. Eugene, Oregon: Cascade Books, 2014.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)

2 x Homily/Sermon 2000 words

2000 50.0
Document Study

10 x 200 documents study 2000 words

2000 50.0

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

Unit record last updated: 2021-06-07 08:43:49 +1000