Preaching

Missional preaching: the role and work to mobilize a church to a place of missional engagement

Author
Charles B Kuthe
Abstract
Mission Preaching serves as a philosophy that governs an approach to church health. The basis for the research project was to both qualitatively and quantitatively discover if preaching has a measurable impact on a congregation's engagement in missions. The researcher conducted a presurvey and two postsurveys in conjunction with an eight week preaching series on "God's Heart for the World" to identify the impact of preaching on the church's existing involvement in missions. The conclusion showed a substantial increase in missional engagement after the sermon series was completed.

Preaching like the Prophets: An Evaluation of the Hebrew Prophets as Examples for the Practice of Pastoral Preaching

Author
Robert A Carlson
Abstract
The author demonstrates that the Hebrew prophets are helpful examples for pastoral preaching. Part I evaluates exegetical evidence and Old Testament studies literature to show continuity between prophets and preachers. Both are essentially messengers of God, apply past redemption and future hope to contemporary issues, and minister by the power of the Holy Spirit. Part II compares recent rhetorical analysis of the prophets' oracles to current literature on the practice of homiletics. The prophets intentionally captured attention, used rhetorical devices to enhance persuasive effect, exemplified oral clarity, spoke relevantly, and used specific examples and object lessons.

Preaching To Effect Ministry Development

Author
Gennifer Benjamin Brooks
Abstract
Participation in the church fluctuates at times creating a shortfall of volunteers. In this project, the author proposes that intentional and effective preaching can affect ministry development that results in greater involvement in church-sponsored ministries by members of the congregation. The purpose of this project is to explore preaching that engages the whole body of believers in a way that people hear and respond to the good news by participating in the life of the church.

The deacon preacher: bringing the four dimensions of formation to the pulpit

Author
Edward P Munz
Abstract
Diaconal formation often consists primarily of academic coursework that strengthens the intellectual dimension; however, the human, spiritual, and pastoral formation of candidates for ordination remains more understated. Qualitative research supports the fact that when the preacher is formed to understand the ministry of preaching as a gift from God that demands an investment of the whole person, the assembly is drawn into a deep relationship with the Risen Christ, which in turn fosters a desire for conversion of heart. Good and effective preaching is an invitation to dwell within the word, inviting a loving relationship with God and neighbor.

Sanctification and our inner dialogue: the application of scripture to our self-talk

Author
Paul S Hawkes
Abstract
This project investigated the importance of the sanctification of our inner dialogue referred to as self-talk. A comprehensive summary of the biblical data revealed the importance of this practice, and formed the basis for its theology. To illustrate the need for self-talk and to cultivate its practice, a seven-week sermon series was delivered drawing from biblical data. The preaching of the Word effectively confirmed that our inner dialogue matters to God. The series also demonstrated how our self-talk could be sanctified.

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.
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