In an information-rich context, seeking transformation through communication, not just transfer of information can be a challenge. Add to that the ancient text we want to share, and the question is: how can we take ancient words into the modern world and have them impact people’s hearts?
This unit gives students practical experience preparing and delivering sermons, but more than that, it gives them the opportunity to learn how to make the Bible come alive to people. In this unit, you will explore the nature and purpose of preaching, the identity and calling of the preacher, theological and pastoral issues in preaching, as well as the methods and techniques of public speaking.
Students will have three to four opportunities to preach and receive feedback from peers and as well as from an experienced preacher. They also have the opportunity to ask questions and develop strategies for sermon preparation.
As students learn to be themselves before God and the people they’re speaking to, they grow in their trust of God, not just in their public speaking skills. This is a vital unit for anyone wanting to learn how to better communicate God’s word.
|Workload||12 credit points||12 credit points|
|Prerequisites||48 credit points of foundational biblical studies||48 credit points of foundational biblical studies|
|When||Semester One||Semester One|
|Teacher||Mike Raiter||Tim Foster|
|Reading List (Bibliography)||Online||On-campus|
Section A: An Introduction to Preaching
Section B: Preaching in Practice
Section C: Field Work
Study Expectations and Assessment (Online)
This unit runs over 12 weeks (1 semester) with weekly online learning materials, readings and activities. A significant proportion of your time and work in this unit will be devoted to preparing, delivering, and giving and receiving feedback on sermons.
The workload in this unit will be divided roughly as follows:
Students are expected to preach 2 sermons in public during the semester, at least one should be expository. The other may be from a different text type or on a topic or given in an occasional or evangelistic context. Students will also need to prepare and record two ‘mini-sermons’, or portions of sermons such as introduction, illustrations, for peer feedback.
Mike Raiter (Online teacher)
Mike Raiter is probably Melbourne’s most experienced preacher and teacher of preaching. Mike is currently the Director of the Centre for Biblical Preaching, an organisation that seeks to train and equip churches around the globe in expository preaching. Mike is also the author of a number of books, including Stirrings of the Soul: Evangelicals and the New Spirituality which won the 2004 SPCK Australian Christian Book of the Year Award. Mike worked with Church Missionary Society Australia and Interserve in Pakistan. From 2006–2011, Mike served as the principal of the Melbourne School of Theology.