Academic Programs 
      

The Art of Preaching (AM-575)
Fall 2009

Combining the substance of an introduction with the intimacy of a workshop, this course will explore theological and rhetorical foundations for preaching and provide practical experience in delivery and critique. Noting variety among denominational, theological and cultural traditions, the course will take an ecumenical approach rooted by an affirmation of the hermeneutic centrality of Scripture and the liturgical significance of preaching. Students will complete written assignments and special exercises, preach, and offer constructive critiques of sermons.

 

Meeting Day, Time and Dates:
Thursdays from 7 p.m. to 9:20 p.m., beginning Sept. 10



Benjamin K. Watts
Faculty Associate in the Arts of Ministry and Bishop, Shiloh Baptist Church, New London


Contact Information:
phone: 
(860) 509-9538
email: rbkw@aol.com

 

Course Syllabus




SAMPLE FROM LAST YEAR:

Combining the substance of an introduction with the intimacy of a workshop, this course will explore theological and rhetorical foundations for preaching and provide practical experience in delivery and critique. Noting variety among denominational, theological and cultural traditions, the course will take an ecumenical approach rooted by an affirmation of the hermeneutic centrality of Scripture and liturgical significance of preaching. Students will complete written assignments and special exercises, preach, and offer constructive critiques of sermons.

Required Texts:
Craddock, Fred. Preaching. Nashville: Abingdon, 1985.

Aden, Leroy and Hughes, Robert. Preaching God’s Compassion. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2002

Allen, Ron. Patterns of Preaching: A Sermon Sampler. St. Louis: Chalice, 1998.

Hedahl, Susan. Preaching the Wedding Sermon. St. Louis: Chalice, 2000.

Mitchell, Henry. Celebration and Experience in Preaching. Nashville: Abingdon, 1990

Stanley, Andy and Jones, Lane. Communicating for a Change Colorado Springs, CO: Moltnomah Books, 2006

Recommended Text (for extra credit book review):
Cannon, Katie. Geneva Teaching Preaching Isaac Rufus and Black Sacred Rhetoric. New York: Continuum, 2002.

Broadus, John. On the Preparation and Delivery of Sermons. San Francisco: HarperCollins, 1994.

September 13: Review of Syllabus and course requirements and Lecture

September 20: Lecture: “Why Preach, Why Listen”. Read Craddock, “Preaching” and be prepared for discussion.

September 27: Video Taped First Sermon

October 4: Models of situational sermons lecture and discussion. Participants should read, Allen, “Patterns of Preaching”.

October 11: Developing your style read: Broadus, On the Preparation and Delivery of the Sermon Pages 200 –331 (the book is on reserve in the library).

October 18:
Developing a passion and plan for preaching special occasions. Read: Aden and Hughes, “Preaching God’s Compassion”.

October 25:
Sermons for Special Occasions and Funeral Homilies
Prepare a five to ten minute funeral homily for class based on a case study, which you will describe to the class before preaching. Sermons will be graded on your ability to articulate the Gospel in light of the life of the deceased and the pastoral-theological context. A manuscript of your homily and a brief one-page description of your case study should be e-mailed to the instructor (bwatts@hartsem.ed) no later than Monday morning prior to class.

November 1: Understanding the importance of the wedding Homily. Read: Hedahl, “Preaching the Wedding Sermon”.

November 8: The Wedding Homily

Prepare a five to ten minute wedding homily for class based on a case study, which you will describe to the class before preaching. Sermons will be graded on your ability to articulate the Gospel in light of the life of the couple's relationship and the wider pastoral-theological context. A manuscript of your homily and a brief one-page description of your case study should be e-mailed to the instructor (bwatts@hartsem.edu) no later than Monday morning prior to class.

November 15: Problems and Models of Situational Preaching. Please review the Allen book and choose one situational model for your next presentation.
Possible topics include but are not limited to the following: Crisis Preaching, Preaching on Social Issues, Doctrinal Sermon, Preaching on the Sacraments, Evangelistic Preaching, Stewardship Sermon, Ethical Issues or Children’s Sermon.

November 29: Situational Preaching Assigned Presentation. Prior to your next class read Mitchell, Celebration and Stanley, Communicating for a Change and be prepared for discussion.

December 6: Final Sermon delivered in class from a text selected by your instructor. This will be an opportunity for you to experiment and grow be creative and informative. Your sermon should be written in a complete manuscript form but it can and should be delivered in the style you feel comfortable with utilizing. Your manuscript, along with your research and bibliography should be e-mailed to the instructor (bwatts@hartsem.edu) no later than Monday morning prior to class.

December 13: Complete Final Sermons and class wrap-up

 

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