Preaching

Imagine that: demystifying the imagery of biblical apocalypse for the twenty-first century preacher

Author
Susan M Arnold
Abstract
The author researched whether preachers in Pines Presbytery would more readily preach from apocalyptic texts if they could demystify its imagery and find modern parallels that effectively communicated the ancient texts in today's audiences. To argue this thesis, the established the biblical/theological foundations of inspiration and scripture, genre, preaching, and imagination. She surveyed literature that addressed the different genres of biblical literature, imaginative biblical literature and preaching, and the specific genre of biblical apocalypse. She developed and carried out a project designed to test this thesis, finding the Pines Presbytery preachers are under-aware of biblical apocalyptic literature.

Enhancing the project director's skill in crafting end delivering sermon conclusions at FishHawk Fellowship Church, Lithia, Florida

Author
David A Whitten
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to enhance the project director's skill in crafting and delivering sermon conclusions at FishHawk Fellowship Church in Lithia, Florida. The projector director researched and identified the common elements of effective conclusions in sermons and public speeches. Once identified, the project director developed and preached a six-part sermon series incorporating the common elements of effective conclusions. To ensure skill enhancement, the project director solicited feedback from a selected group of members of FishHawk Fellowship Church via a sermon feedback form. Two experts in the field of preaching also evaluated the sermon series.

Preaching in English where multiple language groups are present

Author
Ken Atchison
Abstract
This thesis-project addresses the problem of how sermons are heard and misunderstood by those who have a different language of origin from the English speaking preacher. It presents the challenge for pastors preaching sermons to people from multiple language groups by examining the ingredients of communication and presenting an approach to preparing and delivering sermons. Preaching in English where multiple language groups are present is the resulting seminar that teaches a system of preparing sermons. The preparation of a sermon involves a six step process which is listener-focused. The pastor's effective delivery of these sermons requires an understanding of how verbal and nonverbal categories of preaching will impact listeners of different ethnic groups. What results from effective preparation and delivery is preaching that builds bridges between God's word and the listener.

Preaching first person narrative sermons to unchurched or marginalized females

Author
Denise Ann Myers
Abstract
Preaching first person narrative sermons to unchurched or marginalized females is a set of sermons that highlight biblical females' stories. The thesis writer evaluated the transformation of the female listeners. Another intention of this project is to assist females to perceive that their stories are not that different from biblical females. Jesus addresses biblical and contemporary females concurrently. The author wrote, preached and evaluated the impact of the sermons using questionnaires. Utilizing a novel technique, first person narrative sermons, the messages of love and hope Jesus brings is not only for biblical females but for contemporary females as well.

Transforming preaching to reach four generations worshipping in our churches today

Author
Connie Berry Green
Abstract
The author researched challenges that are facing the mainline Protestant churches including population changes and the decline of Christianity in the United States. She studied each of the four generations worshipping in churches currently. She shared preaching expectations of each generation as well as challenges facing pastors from each group. Through research and observation, she crafted six sermons in response to generational differences, expectations, and challenges. The results of her sermons are illustrative of the current trends and issues facing congregations in the United States in a postmodern world.

Hospital preaching as informed by bedside listening

Author
Cajetan N Ihewulezi
Abstract
Having worked as a pastor of a church and as a hospital chaplain for many years, the author had discovered that more intentional hospital bedside listening to the stories and experiences of the sick is very necessary for effective hospital preaching to the hospital community. The patient's stories and experiences are valuable resource materials that can be utilized in the preparation and delivery of more effective homilies to the hospital community. In most churches, Sunday homilies do not effectively address the problems of the sick. Most Sunday homilies address the moral, social, economic, and political problems of the healthy members of the churches. This thesis is aimed at improving pastoral care ministry of the sick. This pastoral approach will provide a homiletical guide for preachers, pastors, and chaplains involved in hospital, hospice, and nursing home ministries. In order to test whether the integration of patients' stories in sermons makes a difference in how preaching is received by patients in a hospital setting, three homilies without patients' stories and three with patients' stories were preached to patients. The method of testing was with questionnaires designed to provide opportunities to patients to express how they felt about the homilies. Apart from using questionnaires, face-to-face conversations between the pastoral minister and patients were also provided. The responses of patients clearly indicated the importance of including patients' stories and experiences in hospital preaching and affirmed the author's observation that applying patients' stories and experiences in homilies make preaching to the hospital community more effective.

The Obama era and the Joshua generation of preachers: choose this day what ye will preach: prosperity or prophetic preaching -- a choice for X and Y generation preachers

Author
Vanetta R Rather
Abstract
This project was developed to help X and Y generation preachers claim/reclaim the prophetic preaching voice of God. The author believes that these generations have been lured away from prophetic ministry and enticed by negative cultural influences. The cultural influence that is having significant impact is the American culture of consumerism which has appeared in the church as prosperity preaching. The author interviewed and surveyed the X and Y generations, researched biblical prophets and examined cultural influences. The findings conclude that there has been a cultural impact and that there is a need to claim/reclaim the prophetic preaching voice of God.

Preaching and the pastoral persona

Author
Amy K Butler
Abstract
Pastoral persona, the pastor's public image, is a powerful tool that, misused or ignored, can wreak havoc on the preacher's ability to effectively communicate a message. Conversely, an effectively managed pastoral persona can actually aid in the communication of a message. This project explores the issue and offers strategies for effectively managing pastoral persona. The project surveys scholarship on the subject of rhetoric, a study of celebrity preachers, and the results of two focus groups held to explore issues of pastoral persona with mid career pastors and with seminary students. Strategies for effective management of the pastoral persona are included.

Shaping a team-preaching model for large churches

Author
Jonathan Goforth Schaeffer
Abstract
The team-preaching model is being increasingly implemented as one possible solution for helping megachurch pastors manage the ever-growing pressures of leadership. This project begins with a summary of the challenges faced by megachurch pastors. A chapter of biblical and historical considerations provides background material on the value of team ministry. Case studies reveal lessons learned through interviews, surveys, and onsite visits at churches that have incorporated a team-preaching model. Finally, a team-preaching model is suggested for churches, helping church leaders think through necessary issues in order to effectivel incorporate the model in their own setting.
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