This Supervised Theological Field Education unit focuses especially on developing further the skills of preparing and preaching the sermon. The student will practise exegetical skills by working with lectionary readings for the preparation and delivery of sermons in a ministry context. The preparation and delivery will be regularly evaluated with the STFE Workplace Director. Professional ministry standards including safeguarding underpin this unit.

Unit code: DP3021L

Unit status: Approved (Major revision)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Undergraduate Level 3

Unit discipline: Pastoral Theology and Ministry Studies

Delivery Mode: Practicum

Proposing College: Australian Lutheran College

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Learning outcomes


Demonstrate an integrated understanding of Child Safeguarding and Professional Ministry Standards as they apply in the context of writing and preaching the sermon


Demonstrate competencies in writing and preaching sermons in a ministry context


Reflect theologically and pastorally on the ministry of the Word in a ministry context


Reflect critically on the contribution of the field placement to spiritual and personal development, and readiness for vocation


Document evidence of learning about the ministry of the Word and self-awareness that has resulted from the field placement

Unit sequence

Course relationship: A Supervised Theological Field Education (STFE) unit in both the Bachelor of Theology and Bachelor of Ministry; normally offered only to LCA pastoral candidates.

Prerequisites: 36 points in the discipline of Pastoral Theology and Ministry Studies (DP)—normally DP2015L Preparing the Sermon and DP3016L Preaching the Sermon, or equivalent | Prior to commencement of placement, completion of learning module on the University code of conduct as well as safeguarding processes required by the LCA


This STFE learning is informed by relevant literature, Workplace Director observation and mentoring, and student reflective integrative responses.

Indicative Bibliography

  • Anderson, Kenton Carl. Preaching with conviction: a connecting with postmodern listeners. Grand Rapids, MI: Kregel Publications, 2001.
  • Birkholz, Mark W., Jacob Corzine, and Jonathan Mumme, eds. Feasting in a famine of the word: Lutheran preaching in the twenty-first century. Eugene, OR: Pickwick Publications, 2016.
  • Brueggeman, Walter. Finally comes the poet: daring speech for proclamation. Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press, 1989.
  • Jensen, Richard A. Envisioning the word: the use of visual images in preaching [with CD-ROM]. Minneapolis, MN: Fortress, 2005.
  • Keller, Tim. Preaching: communicating faith in an age of scepticism. New York, NY: Viking, 2015.
  • Lischer, Richard. The end of words: the language of reconciliation in a culture of violence. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2008.
  • Lose, David J. Confessing Jesus Christ: preaching in a postmodern world. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2003.
  • ———. Preaching at the crossroads: how the world and our preaching is changing. Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press, 2014.
  • Pless, John T. Handling the word of truth: law and gospel in the church today. St Louis, MO: Concordia, 2004.
  • Wilson, Paul Scott. Preaching and homiletical theory. St Louis, MO: Chalice, 2004.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Project Report or Project Journal

Preaching program plan

1000 20.0

Workshop 1: Exegetical summary and sermon outline for a discussion

2000 40.0

Workshop 2: Integrative response after each sermon delivery reflecting on STFE experience

2000 40.0

A record of placement including specific reflection on Child Safeguarding and Professional Ministry Standards in the context of preaching


Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Maggie Kappelhoff on 5 Oct, 2020

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