William Michael Sherbind
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?