Principles & Practices of Preaching

REL812
Fall 2017
TTh 11:30am-12:20pm
Area: 
Area IV
Permission Not Required
Limited Enrollment
Course Description: 

This is the introductory course in the theology, history, and practice of preaching. Special attention is given to biblical exposition, the congregational context, the appropriate use of experience, the development of a homiletical imagination, the preacher’s spirituality, and engaging all the preacher’s gifts for communication. The course includes plenary presentations and small group preaching sections for which students prepare and deliver sermons. This course is a prerequisite for most upper-level homiletics courses.

Students will:

  • Explore a range of approaches to the preaching task and gain a sense of the theological, cultural, and hermeneutical assumptions that undergird each approach;
  • Develop the capacity to preach in varying contexts;  
  • Learn skills for exegeting listening communities; and
  • Develop a personal theology of preaching. 
Background Expected: 

Students will have completed either REL 500: Old Testament Interpretation or REL 501:  New Testament Interpretation

Course Requirements: 

Preach a sermon and a homily; write a one-page reflection on each.

Complete the assigned exercises.

Complete reading and listening assignments.

Attend a speech coaching session with Ms. Adrienne Milics and write a one-page summary of the coaching session.

Complete a preaching project drawn from a list of proposed topics.

Active participation and timely attendance are also required

Basis of Evaluation: 

In order to receive credit for the course, all course requirements must be met and assignments must meet the threshold of HP- or better.

Biblical story: 10% of course grade

Testimony: 15%

Prophetic oracle: 15%

Sermon: 15%

Homily: 15%

Preaching project: 15%

Class participation: 15%