Preaching

The challenges of preaching to the university church

Author
Christopher W Dolson
Abstract
This work is concerned with the challenges of preaching to the university church, which is a multi-generational congregation located close to a major university. A question the thesis poses is what are the challenges of preaching to a university church? Six different university church preachers were interviewed and their answers are recorded and summarized in this work. This work is intended to be a helpful resource for preachers who are open to considering how their colleagues handle the challenges of preaching to a university church in postmodern America.

How to teach people to listen more effectively to the preaching or teaching of God's Word

Author
Gene E Curtis
Abstract
This thesis begins in the first chapter by outlining the need for listening training, highlighting its necessity as a part of the communication process. Two issues--the nature of God's Word and the nature of men and women as listeners--supply the theological foundation for listening to biblical preaching or teaching, which is discussed in chapter two. A third chapter surveys the literature of listening, noting especially the limited contributions of sacred writers in contrast to the extensive resources available from secular perspectives. The work includes several tools to help pastors and churches who would like to train their people in listening. These include a discussion of preaching on listening, along with several sermons; a small group study on listening to preaching; and a three hour listening seminar. The final chapter provides a summary of what the author learned through this study and suggestions for training church members in listening. This work proposes that training church members in effective listening has the potential to significantly improve the reception and application of God's Word in people's lives.

An analysis of a primary approach to preaching among Plymouth Brethren Assemblies from the English-speaking Caribbean

Author
David A Corbin
Abstract
The purpose of this study is to analyze an approach to preaching among Plymouth Brethren assemblies within English-speaking, West Indian communities. After establishing the need for more desirable approaches to hermeneutics and homiletics, the project recommends approaches that demonstrate a greater commitment to determining authorial intent in preaching the Scriptures. The project incorporates two sermons and manuscripts from two seminars in hermeneutics and homiletics. results from surveys done during the seminars and evaluations of convention messages confirm that the present approach to preaching among the Brethren needs some form of redress.

Preaching for discipleship in an emerging post modern context

Author
Paul D Clines
Abstract
The purpose of this study is to develop a model of preaching for discipleship and to evaluate its effectiveness in encouraging discipleship in the lives of Christians in a postmodern context. The model was developed from a survey of relevant literature in the fields of preaching, communication, persuasion, transfer learning, and postmodernism. The study took place at Parkway United Methodist Church, a new church reaching families in the suburbs southwest of Houston, Texas. Nineteen people participated in the study by completing a series of pretest questionnaires. The questionnaires sought to determine to what extent they demonstrated the characteristics of a postmodern person, a baseline for determining their spiritual well-being, and the extent to which they were engaged in specific spiritual habits. Each participant then listened to a five-week sermon series on developing spiritual habits, each sermon speaking to a different habit (prayer, Bible study, giving, outreach, and ministry). Each week of the sermon series every attendee at Parkway UMC was encouraged to complete a brief questionnaire seeking to determine to what extent they felt the sermon that week fit the model for preaching to encourage discipleship. Three weeks and eight weeks after the sermon series the participants were again tested to determine if there was any change in their spiritual well being and if they showed any measurable increase in the spiritual habits covered in the sermons. The questionnaires indicated: 1) the participants demonstrated a mixture of modern and postmodern characteristics; 2) there was not a significant increase in spiritual well-being as measured by the Spiritual Well-Being scale; 3) the participants did demonstrate a measurable increase in participation of the habits preached about in the sermon series; and 4) the attendees at Parkway UMC agreed that the sermons in the series fit the model for preaching for discipleship. The major findings of the study include the following observations: postmodern characteristics are not limited to a specific age group, but can be demonstrated across a spectrum of ages. Factors that are important when preaching for discipleship among people with postmodern characteristics are: the preacher is credible, the sermon is biblical, experiential, relevant, simple, and practical.

Preaching to Chinese immigrants in New York City

Author
Kwok Tim Chan
Abstract
The thesis proposes that preaching to Chinese immigrants in New York is a valid means of evangelism in urban America. With rapid social reconfiguration and passive response of the church to the rising immigrant population, pastors should equip themselves in the wake of the spiritual harvest in the next millennium. The thesis uses sociological and biblical methods to investigate this social phenomenon. It states the theological foundation of preaching to social aliens and proposes a training manual for urban pastors to retool their preaching skills in the areas of social profiling, communication theories, preaching themes, and new preaching paradigms.

Enhancing the project director's pastoral preaching skills at Suwanee Korean Baptist Church, Suwanee, Georgia, in order to increase the congregation's awareness of spiritual maturity

Author
Yeon Kyong Chung D.Min.
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to enhance the project director's skills in pastoral preaching in order to increase the congregation's awareness of spiritual maturity. In order to do this, the project director researched sermons and created a sermon model. The project directory created eight part model sermons to his congregation during Sunday worship. A group of experts assessed the model sermons and their assessments were used to determine the sermons’ effect and reach. From the research and assessments the project director was able to find the key factors of sermon skills and made a plan to improve sermon skills. He also looked at the before and after of the congregation’s spiritual awareness to find changes and made that the focus of his results. Through all of this, the project director was able to find ways to enhance self-improvement and sermon skills.

The authority of scripture in the preaching of C&MA pastors in the Southern District

Author
Dale P Crank
Abstract
This project examines the practices that the pastors of the Southern District of the Christian & Missionary Alliance use to promote the authority of Scripture through their preaching ministries. A six-point Lykert scale was used to quantify the opinions of the pastors surveyed to the practices traditionally seen as promoting the authority of Scripture. Scores were computed for each statement and were analyzed based upon the ages, the educational levels, and the length of time in ministry of the pastors.

Preaching for suicide awareness: a pedagogical experiment in teaching preachers to engage the topic of suicide from the pulpit

Author
Heidi C Johnson
Abstract
The researcher's work on suicide arose from a concern to take seriously the strength and effective nature of the Sunday homily in light of the growing crisis of the suicide epidemic. The thesis is that the sermon is the appropriate place to address the topic of suicide and an avenue suited for addressing suicide is in a homiletics course. The researcher demonstrated how lectures on suicide awareness and prevention in a homiletics course can be an effective method of preparing young preachers for the preaching ministry. The results were positive in creating confident preachers to preach taboo subjects such as suicide.

BEST PREACHING PRACTICES IN HOMILETIC PROGRAMS IN ROMAN CATHOLIC THEOLOGATES IN THE UNITED STATES

Author
Stephen C Bosso
Abstract
The Second Vatican Council emphasized preaching in the Roman Catholic tradition as a liturgical act. As this emphasis on preaching has become increasingly more important, reflected by post-conciliar documents and statements by the popes following the council, the question remains: has the seminary curriculum changed with this emphasis to ensure that the clergy are properly trained for preaching. This research project reviews the literature of evaluation of preaching over the last three decades along with the changes in requirements for homiletics in the five editions of the Program of Priestly Formation. The author developed a research tool using Appreciative Inquiry and interviewed homiletics professors at six Roman Catholic theologates in the United States to aggregate the "best preaching practices" in these homiletics programs. The aggregated results demonstrate that in fact improvements have been made in the preaching programs. Hopefully, the aggregate of b est practices in homiletics programs of Roman Catholic theologates interviewed will encourage all Roman Catholic seminaries to work continuously to improve their homiletics programs for better preaching from the pulpits of their alumni for the people of God.
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