This unit examines traditions and practices of pastoral preaching. 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; theological underpinnings of the context; involving the congregation in preaching; plagiarism and integrity; the role of scripture, theology, reflection, interpretation, prayer and experience in preaching.

Unit code: DP3024S (Approved)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Undergraduate Level 3

Unit discipline: Pastoral Theology and Ministry Studies

Proposing College: Stirling Theological 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.


Critically discuss the meaning of pastoral preaching tradition in different faith traditions.


Theologically articulate a framework of pastoral preaching relevant to a specific, local context.

Unit sequence

18 points in foundational units in each of Fields B, C and D with at least 144 points across all fields


The unit will consist of seminars, discussion and work groups and practical sessions


Type Description Word count Weight (%)

Essay 1000 words

1000 30.0

2 x Homily/Sermon 2000 words

2000 40.0
Document Study

10 x 200 documents study 2000 words

2000 30.0

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

Unit record last updated: 2019-11-20 08:59:37 +1100