Preaching--Study

An Analysis of the Course, Introduction to Speech Communication: A Learning Theories Approach

Author
Jennifer S Brooks
Abstract
This study sought to establish a classroom where students will be better prepared for presentations in future courses and in ministry. By implementing surveys inventories, and focus groups the author discovered ways to teach students effectively at the beginning of the twenty-first century. While looking at learning theory, attention was given to characteristics of the adult learner that are different from the child learner, how students differ from each other and the professor, and methods most effective in the adult contemporary classroom.

A Comparative Analysis of the Christ-Centered Preaching Methods of Sidney Greidanus and Bryan Chapell and Their Effectiveness for Preaching

Author
Todd P Gray
Abstract
The Dissertation applies the Christ-centered preaching methods of Sidney Greidanus and Bryan Chapell to four separate message units from the book of Hosea and then analyzes those methods for clarity, effectiveness, and practicality for use in preaching. Two analytical techniques are used. One is a personal analysis. The second technique provides a third-party evaluation from a eight person pastor focus group. After analyzing both methods and comparing the focus group data, the results showed that either method was effective in producing Christ centered sermons. While Greidenus had the slight edge oven chapell for clarity and effectiveness, chapell had the slight edge in practicality. This writer would recommend either method.

Transformative preaching in Chinese churches

Author
Philip D Douglass
Abstract
The research explored how pastors preach, their spiritual formation and ethos that encourage transformation in the lives of listeners within Chinese churches. This study is composed of a qualitative design using a semi-structured approach to interview six experienced Chinese pastors. This study concludes that sound hermeneutics leads to sound homiletics. Spiritual formation consists of stringent spiritual disciplines and a required development of godly character within preachers. The message delivered by pastors needs to be clear, understandable and have the ability to connect to the Chinese culture in order to encourage transformation within the lives of listeners.

Jesus Sat Down: Preaching Grace as Motivation Toward Redemptive Change

Author
Jon D Wymer
Abstract
Congregations sometimes fall short of making personal change and working for social change within their communities as robustly as their preachers think they should. Preaching grace can lead congregations, even those that may be theologically conservative, to be motivated as individuals and corporately to experience the type of transformation that comes from God which is representative of redemptive change. This work offers a model of preaching as the proclamation of good news that offers divine grace as the source of redemptive change in individuals and the community.

Back to the Future: How Guided Awareness of Past Preaching can Enhance the Future Ministryof Preaching

Author
Sharon M Schuhmann
Abstract
The thesis identified how Guided Awareness experiences of spiritual reflection on preached events would enhance preaching. Guided Awareness focused on the preachers' spiritual reflection of their preaching rather than critiques or assessments. The hypothesis of the project is that preachers can transform their preaching for the common good of the Church by engaging in spiritual reflection. Research explored the call for preaching reflection. Preachers attended an introductory presentation, completed presentation surveys, participated in Guided Awareness experiences on their preaching, and completed a post-experience survey. Qualitative research gave evidence that Guided Awareness experiences of preaching are spiritually transformative for preachers.

Enhancing doctrinal preaching skills to increase congregational understanding of Baptist doctrines at Lockmar Baptist Church, Palm Bay, Florida

Author
Matthew Blaine Heard
Abstract
The purpose of this project is to enhance the project director's doctrinal preaching skill at Lockmar Baptist Church, Palm Bay, Florida, in order to increase congregational understanding of Baptist doctrines. This project will follow the ministry skills enhancement model. The project director will begin by researching the field of doctrinal preaching and create a list of elements necessary for the design and delivery of doctrinal sermons. The project director will develop a series of doctrinal sermons incorporating the elements necessary to increase congregational understanding of Baptist sermons and preach the sermons to Lockmar Baptist Church.

La relevancia suselementos críticos en la predicación

Author
Mark D Henzler
Abstract
Esta disertación examina los cinco elementos críticos para la relevancia en la predicación: el mensaje del texto, el poder de Dios, relación a la necesidad de los oyentes, un propósito concreto y la implementación de la buena técnica retórica. Investiga lo que dicen los autores notables en cuanto a los elementos, analiza una encuesta de más de 50 pastores respeto al tema y además provee sugerencias para la enseñanza de la homilética en institutos y seminarios. Finaliza con sugerencias específicas para el predicador de la Palabra de Dios para que sus sermones tengan mayor relevancia para sus oyentes.

An examination of the starting point of a preacher's sermon as either being the text or the audience

Author
Cody S McQueen
Abstract
Different words used in the New Testament describe various roles a preacher can take on and could necessitate different starting points for preaching as either the text or the audience. By surveying sermons given by preachers in the New Testament, modern literature on the subject of preaching, and personal interviews with eight seasoned preaching pastors, the conclusion was reached that a preacher's perceived primary role does not affect their starting point in preaching. Instead, other factors, such as education, pastoral intuition, and size of audience, affected a preacher's starting point, which often was the audience rather than the text.

Communicating the practical applications of premillennial theology to a congregation through a preaching series

Author
Michael Bryan Augsburger
Abstract
The point of this project was to communicate the practical applications of a premillennial theology of the kingdom to both personal and corporate life by means of a preaching series from select parables of Matthew's Gospel. Fifteen qualified people from the congregation evaluated the project by means of questionnaires, personal interviews, and group interviews. The conclusion was that the sermon series was very effective considering that all the respondents seemed to grasp the major points of this theology, and they also felt a sense of action as a result of what they learned.

Beyond the preaching task: a vocational retreat with Humbert of Romans

Author
Patricia A Hale
Abstract
Chapter one presents the opportunity for this thesis project. It develops an argument for the need for greater theological reflection on the vocation of preaching for modern preachers. It does so by outlining current challenges in homiletical education and ecclesial calls for greater vocational formation for preachers. It suggests that the writings of Humbert of Romans, in his work The Treatise on Preaching, can help modern preachers gain deeper vocational awareness. Chapter two introduces the general cultural context of the thirteenth century. It discusses the emergence of the two great mendicant orders the Dominicans and the Franciscans. It sets into context the life and ministry of Humbert of Romans, the fifth Master General of the Dominican Order and offers a theological analysis of Section One of The Treatise on Preaching. Chapter three introduces a 'dialogue partner' to set alongside the Humbert material. The goal of the dialogue partner was to appropriately apply the material in a practical and contemporary setting. The chapter does this by way of curriculum development and pastoral practice. Theories of adult learning are explored and a retreat curriculum is developed that enables the Humbert material to be considered by preachers in a spiritual and educational setting.Chapter four explains a methodology for determining the effectiveness of the retreat for vocational awareness and examines the feedback from participants. Feedback included written questionnaires, video assessment and field observation. This feedback is used to draw conclusions about the effectiveness of the retreat in achieving the goals and outcomes outlined in chapter three. Chapter five offers a review of the entirety of the project based on Scripture verses about preaching which framed the content of each chapter. It reviews insights learned from the project as well as opportunities for future vocational reflection and learning.
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