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Winter 2005

FALL 2012

Jonathan W Peterson                            





This course is designed for that student who feels called to preach but not to pursue the M.Div. degree. It will introduce that student to the elements of sermon preparation and delivery, communication theory, pastoral character as it relates to preaching and theology of preaching. It helps to develop a high standard of Biblical preaching without requiring the linguistic prerequisites associated with the M.Div. The emphasis is on learning through doing and group interaction.



The world in which we live is communication driven. If we hope to impact it we must have the skills to communicate clearly and powerfully. The congregations to which we are called value preaching. The God we serve has given preaching a central role in His plan to proclaim Good News. The disciplines we pursue need to be integrated into forms that can impact the people we serve. This course is designed to respond to those realities.



1.     This course will increase my conviction that the biblical text is the proper foundation for preaching.

2.     This course will help me to grow in my ability to frame content in a coherent and interesting way.

3.     This course will help me to improve my delivery skills.

4.     This course will help me to increase my skills in evaluating my own preaching/speaking, as well as that of others.



The course includes lecture, practicum, reading and research and personal mentoring. Each student will deliver two sermons before his/her peers. In addition, students will be assigned to spend 5 hours of interaction with a mentor of their own choosing. The mentor will be asked to interact with students about his/her view of preaching and method of sermon preparation, as well as respond to student questions about preaching.



       Anderson, Kenton, Choosing to Preach, Zondervan, 2006, ISBN: 0310267501 (268 pages) Pub Price $24.99

       Stanley, Andy, Communicating for a Change, Multnomah Publishing, 2006, ISBN1-59052-514-0 (203 pages)           Pub Price $19.99

       Taylor, Barbara Brown. The Preaching Life. Cowley, 1993, ISBN: 9781561010745 (174 pages) Pub Price $$17.95


And one of the following:

      Abbot, H. Mark, Something to Say? Say it Well, Wine Press Publishing, 2011, ISBN 1414119615,         (140pages) Pub. Price $10.99.

      Brooks, Jennifer Benjamin, Good News Preaching, Pilgrim Press, 2009, ISBN: 9780829818222 (142 pages)         Pub. Pice $24.95

      Litfin, Dwayne. Public Speaking (2nd Edition), Baker Books, 1992, ISBN: 0810056756 (360 pages) Pub.                     Price $40.

Long, Thomas G. The Witness of Preaching. Westminster, 1989, ISBN: 9780664229436 (198 pages) Pub.Price     $24.95

Stott, John R.W. Between Two Worlds. Eerdmans, 1982, ISBN: 9780802806277 (335 pages) Pub. Price $22

Willobee, Sondra B., The Write Stuff, Westminister John Knox Press, 2009, ISBN: 9780664232818 (248 pages) Pub.Price $16.95.




1.     Preparation of two sermons, including submission of manuscripts for each one. First manuscript and sermon presentation - 25%, second manuscript and sermon presentation - 35%.

2.     Reading of the assigned books, with a two-page written reaction to each one-10%

3.     Listening to at four sermons and submitting rhetorical analysis of each-10%

4.     At least five hours of interaction with a preaching mentor and submitting a two page mentorship report-10%

5.     Prepare a 5-10 page paper on your personal theology of preaching -10%


PREREQUISITES: At least one course in biblical studies...



This course will meet the requirements for CO500 and C503 in the M.A.T. in Biblical Studies and Theology and in any M.A.T. concentration requiring CO500 and C503. This course will not meet the MIN2 requirements in the M.Div.