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MINS407 Preaching and Communication in a Contemporary Context

An exploration of communication issues that affect congregations and ministry organisations today, including interpreting the Bible and preaching in an increasingly secular world, as well as digital and online communication.

Paper title Preaching and Communication in a Contemporary Context
Paper code MINS407
Subject Ministry
EFTS 0.1667
Points 20 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2020
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,365.11
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,661.93

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PPAST 311, PASX 311
Limited to
MMin, PGDipMin, PGDipTheol, BTheol(Hons)
Teaching staff
Lecturer: Dr Lynne Baab
Paper Structure
This paper is divided into seven modules:
  • Module 1: Changes in Communication
  • Module 2: Communicating Congregational Identity and Values
  • Module 3: The Rise in Visual Culture
  • Module 4: Electronic Communication
  • Module 5: Preaching the Bible
  • Module 6: Preaching: Moving from Text to Context
  • Module 7: Preaching and the Imagination
Teaching Arrangements
Five 1.5-hour videoconferences (on Saturday mornings) and a teaching day.
Textbooks are not required.
A course book has been prepared for this paper.
Course outline
View the course outline for MINS 407
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Research, Self-motivation.
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Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete MINS 407 should be able to
  • Describe and critically analyse implications for congregations of new forms of electronic communication and the rise in visual communication
  • Critically analyse the communication strategies of existing congregations
  • Make recommendations to their own or other congregations about electronic communication, visual communication and the congregation's communication strategies
  • Articulate ways to move between text and context as they study the Bible, considering the needs of the listeners, the challenges of the wider society and the relevance of the biblical text in preparing sermons
  • Describe and critically evaluate trends in preaching styles that are relevant for our postmodern, post-Christendom, multicultural society in New Zealand
  • Assess and modify their own preaching style in the light of new learning about how to move between text and context and how to consider audience issues

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Not offered in 2020

Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system