Preaching in the 21st Century

MS 3XP3/5XP5/6XP6

Fall 2021
Mon 1:00 - 2:50pm

This course provides an overview of the theological character, goals, and methods of Christian proclamation in a congregational setting, giving particular attention to issues of hermeneutics, interpretation, structure, delivery, and the relation of preaching to contexts of worship, discipleship, and mission.


  • To introduce basic hermeneutical issues that apply to the process of moving from biblical and social exegesis to proclamation.
  • To examine and evaluate the component elements of preaching and their respective contributions to effective communication.
  • To explore appropriate methods and contexts for preaching, and their impact on style and presentation.


  • To reflect on spiritual and ministerial identity as they apply to Christian proclamation.
  • To help students identify their preferred style or styles of preaching, and gain confidence in public presentation.


  • To evaluate representative forms and models of preaching in relation to students’ own ministries of preaching.
  • To provide students with practice in the composition and delivery of sermons, together with opportunities for comprehensive peer evaluation.