Preaching

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
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.

Preaching that engages and instructs male listeners

Author
Woodleigh H Volland
Abstract
This thesis involves three objectives. First, to examine any biblical or theological bases for preaching to men differently than preaching to women. The conclusion was that men were created differently, were perceived differently by the Hebrew culture and were communicated with differently by Jesus Christ. Second, to research any psycho-sociological literature that would support the first finding, that men perceive the world differently, process thought and learn differently and need to be communicated with differently. Third, to test the findings in a clinical setting, where it was discovered that very little of this information had previously been considered.

Heart, mind, soul and strength: engaging the listeners' whole being through the incorporation of creative arts into preaching

Author
Richard L Gehring
Abstract
This thesis explores the use of music, drama and visual arts in preaching. It emerges out of the author's desire to preach sermons that stimulate emotions and intuitions as well as the listeners' intellectual capacity. Drawing upon Gardner's theory of multiple intelligences, the author presented sermons incorporating diverse artistic media as a means of engaging various intelligences. Feedback to these sermons was solicited through both written and verbal responses. The thesis posits that the use of such creative elements can be effective in addressing the whole beings of the listeners and engaging different modes of intelligence.

Dueling with death: Christian funeral preaching as dialogue

Author
Jeremy Paul Muniz
Abstract
The author research the biblical, historical, and current cultural views of death to discover a methodology for Christian funeral preachers that establishes a dialogue with death and presents mourners with the Scripture's resurrection hope. The study employed a qualitative research methodology. The research implied the need for worshipful funeral preaching focused on resurrection hope that is respectful of the deceased's life and employs an incarnational model for funeral preaching that emphasizes Christ's presence in the deceased's life, his presence in the mourner's present grief, and his presence with all believers in the future resurrection.
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