Preaching

Preaching to Canad[a]'s unchurched English speaking population

Author
William Michael Sherbind
Abstract
This thesis addresses the subject of preaching to Canada's unchurched English speaking population. It was also the goal to design a seminar that would assist pastors in this task. Recognizing the biblical mandate which we have been given, the decline in attendance within the Canadian church and the needs of contemporary mankind, there was and is justification for pursuing this task. Through research and a survey sent to 300 Canadian churches information was gleaned which described how pastors felt about their seminary training and their ability in preaching to a post-modern society. Canadian statistics prove that the Canadian Evangelical church is in an unhealthy state. It was determined that if pastors were to give energy to the task of preaching with relevance and if the structures of the church would support such preaching then there was hope that by the enabling of the Holy Spirit the Canadian church could grow again. Attention was given to three areas: (1) Interpreting a survey given to Canadian pastors and evaluating their abilities on preaching to the unchurched; (2) Various ways that pastors could attract unchurched people into their congregations; and (3) Answering the two most pressing questions which pastors wished their homiletical training had equipped them for: (1) Help me to understand how the audience is thinking; (2) What tools do I need to communicate with the different generations?

A manual describing a methodology for planning a long-range preaching program

Author
William B Reisenweaver
Abstract
This work focuses on the discipline of preaching in Christian churches. It addresses the need for advance planning of sermons by pastors without the aid of the Lectionary. The author suggests that the quality and relevancy of sermons preached can be enhanced when pastors exercise the discipline of planning a preaching program in light of long-term goals for their churches. This thesis addresses several theological questions behind planning sermons in advance. It also contains a survey of literature currently available on subjects related to sermon planning, the Christian year, creativity, and church planning. Included in this work is a chapter containing a manual for planning a preaching program. Featured is a suggested methodology for developing a preaching program that is based upon a preacher's vision and goals for a congregation. A six-stage approach to planning is presented as well as a step-by-step process for planning a sermon series. The thesis concludes with a chapter containing suggestions for teaching seminary students and pastors this methodology of planning a preaching program.

Applying a spiritual warfare cosmology to preaching

Author
Frederick William Penney
Abstract
The purpose of this study is to examine the ministry of preaching from the perspective of spiritual warfare. Contemporary homiletics focuses on the form of the sermon by applying the knowledge of communication and good storytelling to the biblical text in order to make the sermon interesting and relevant to the modern audience. The study of preaching that examines the spiritual power behind the sermon and also the spiritual powers of darkness that attempt to hinder the reception of the gospel has received much less attention in contemporary study. After completing a theological reflection of these issues and a literature review of relevant material, this study will examine the issue of worldview and establish that the western worldview is incomplete and inconsistent with the biblical account. Second, having established the existence and influence of spiritual powers in the world, the study will examine the role of the Holy Spirit as he gives spiritual power to preaching. Third, the study will examine the particular ways in which the kingdom of darkness attempts to hinder the reception of the preaching of the gospel. Fourth, the study will examine the role of prayer in the life of the preacher and its relationship to preaching. Fifth, the study will propose a number of foundational principles for preaching, in light of the cosmological reality. Finally, the study will look into the future and anticipate a new dimension of power in the preaching of the gospel.

Collaborative sermon preparation teams

Author
Calvin F Pearson
Abstract
This work proposes the collaboration of pastors in the process of preparing sermons. It is concerned with the proper understanding and functioning of a team and how a team improves the quality of sermons. The thesis begins by showing that preparation teams are in-line with direct and indirect emphasis of Scripture. Principles for the effective function of a preparation team are drawn from business literature about teams. The work also includes a survey of pastors with experience in a sermon preparation team. The thesis concludes with a handbook for pastors wishing to start a preparation team.

An examination of the discipline of pastoral counseling reflected in the practice of preaching

Author
Linda Stack Morgan
Abstract
Preaching is healing as it is Eucharistic and pays attention to the identity of the people and the pastor. Research of the literature of preaching and pastoral counseling establishes a definition of Eucharistic preaching, healing preaching. Discussion moves through Lucy Rose's conversational preaching, the shepherding concept of Seward Hiltner, the relational pastoral counseling concepts of Wayne Oates, and Henri Nouwen's spirituality basis of pastoral care. Through systems theory, Oates' categories of pastoral counseling are seen to provide a one-to-group grid for observing Eucharistic preaching. Two preaching projects make assessment and conclude that healing in preaching deserves further study.

Preaching across the generations

Author
Barbara Jo McDevitt
Abstract
This thesis addresses the challenge of preaching to the varied generations found in a congregation. It seeks to identify the form and content of preaching which are most effective for each generation and the nature of preaching which transcends generational differences. The principle that generational cohorts have a personality is the foundation for differentiating between generations and identifying a preaching style for each generation. The thesis project shows that the generational model can be used to form sermons that address particular generations as well as build understanding between the generations. It offers suggestions for the development of cross-generational preaching.

The ministry of team preaching: a manual for consecutive interpretation in a bilingual Chinese-American church

Author
William W Ki
Abstract
Team preaching is in obedience to the biblical mandate of preaching and the Great Commission. This product is a training manual for the bilingual church to practice team preaching with consecutive interpretation. It traces the emergence of the Chinese-American church, assesses the ethnic, bilingual ministry, and argues for consecutive interpretation over simultaneous interpretation. It defines the mechanism and goals of consecutive interpretation, the interpreter's role, qualification, equipping, steps to prepare for a message, and evaluation. It states the preacher's role, qualification, and his teamwork with the interpreter. Included are glossaries of 2,304 common terms and 233 medical terms in English-Chinese.
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