PR511: PREACHING PRACTICUM. Gayle Parker.
DESCRIPTION: This course is designed to offer the maximum possible practical experience in preaching and sermon preparation. During the quarter, each student will prepare two sermons in manuscript form and preach those sermons in the class. Each sermon will be evaluated and discussed by class members under the direction of the instructor.
SIGNIFICANCE FOR LIFE AND MINISTRY: Effectiveness in preaching is expected of the majority of those called to pastoral positions as well as many other servants of Christ. Enhanced effectiveness can come through practical experience and reflection on that experience.
LEARNING OUTCOMES: Upon successful completion of this course, students will have demonstrated their ability to prepare and deliver biblical messages clearly and relevantly to a contemporary audience and their ability to assess both their own preaching and that of others. Students will grow in their understanding of Christian communication; in their understanding of the Bible as the foundation and source of Christian preaching; in their understanding of the differences between written and oral communication.
COURSE FORMAT: The class will meet for a two-hour session once a week for a total of 20 class hours. Each week two sermons will be preached by members and discussed by the class. Instructor will give evaluative comments that are pertinent to preaching in general, during class and detailed written evaluations for each sermon that will be given to the preacher him/herself.
REQUIRED READING: Exegetical and theological reading relating to the texts, passages or themes to be preached upon. References consulted are to be listed at the bottom of the outline of each sermon. This should be given to the instructor prior to preaching the sermon.
RECOMMENDED READING: Students are expected to be familiar with texts assigned in PR500, or with equivalent standard works on preaching.
ASSIGNMENTS AND ASSESSMENT:
1. Two sermons preached during the course, based on texts of the student's choosing, with outlines and indication of the commentaries and other sources consulted submitted in writing. After receiving all evaluative comments, including the written comments of the instructor, students will write a 1 ½-2 page self-evaluation, noting what they learned from watching the video of their preaching, as well as from the observations made by the instructor and class members. If there is time at the end of the class, those who wish may preach a third sermon – either a new sermon or a re-do of a prior sermon. The 2 sermons with the highest grades will count toward the final grade. (45% each)
2. Regular class attendance, preparation for class, and participation in discussions are required. (10%)
RELATIONSHIP TO CURRICULUM: Meets MDiv core requirement in Preaching and Communication (MIN 2). The practicum may be taken for credit more than once, though students are encouraged not to enroll in more than one section during any given quarter.
FINAL EXAM: None.