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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, as well as digital and online communication.

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 2020
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $904.05
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,954.75

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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
Lecturer: to be advised.
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 PAST 311
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Cultural understanding, Ethics.
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Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete PAST 311 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
  • 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

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Not offered in 2020

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