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MINS407 Preaching and Communication in a Contemporary Context

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

Paper title Preaching and Communication in a Contemporary Context
Paper code MINS407
Subject Ministry
EFTS 0.1667
Points 20 points
Teaching period First Semester (15 February 2021 - 23 June 2021)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,380.11
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,801.79

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PAST 311, PASX 311
Limited to
MMin, PGDipMin, PGDipTheol, BTheol(Hons)

Teaching staff

Course Coordinator: Professor Paul Trebilco,
Lecturers: Dr Paul Windsor and Dr Geoff New

Paper Structure

This paper is divided into five modules

  • Module 1: Word: Written
  • Module 2: Listener
  • Module 3: World
  • Module 4: Preacher
  • Module 5: Word: Living
Teaching Arrangements

This is a one-week intensive course in Dunedin. Lectures will be held from Monday 15 to Friday 19 February inclusive.


Textbooks are not required for this paper.

Course outline

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Graduate Attributes Emphasised

Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Cultural understanding.
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Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete the paper will:

  • Articulate and analyse factors that lead to effective preaching.
  • 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 adn for our globalised world.
  • Assess and modify their own preaching style in the light of new learning about how to move betweem text and context and how to consider audience issues.

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First Semester (15 February 2021 - 23 June 2021)

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


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Monday 13:00-16:50 7
Tuesday 09:00-16:50 7
Wednesday 09:00-16:50 7
Thursday 09:00-16:50 7
Friday 09:00-12:50 7