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PAST311 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.

Paper title Preaching and Communication in a Contemporary Context
Paper code PAST311
Subject Pastoral Studies
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2023 (Distance learning)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $955.05
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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One 200-level PAST or PASX paper
MINS 407, MINX 407, PASX 311
Schedule C
Arts and Music, Theology
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.


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 and for our globalised world
  • 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 2023

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