Advocacy for a biblical and communication based interpersonal competency course for seminary education
Philip H Frazier
Seminary communication education is deficient in teaching interpersonal, face to face, communicaiton. Quantitative analysis of communication courses from 59 seminaries found 569 persuasion based preaching and evangelism courses and only 14 interpersonal communication courses. Using six established interpersonal Communication Competencies and the Narrative Paradigm of Walter Fisher, the Prologue, and dialogues of Jesus in Chapters 9, 13 and 21 of the Gospel of John were analyzed. Interpersonal Competence and Narrative Coherence and Fidelity were established. A focus group of Master of Communication graduates demonstrated the efficacy and impact of an Interpersonal Masters course in personal and work settings.