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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.

    About this paper

    Paper title Preaching and Communication in a Contemporary Context
    Subject Ministry
    EFTS 0.1667
    Points 20 points
    Teaching period Not offered in 2024, expected to be offered in 2025 (Distance learning)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $1,240.75
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    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

    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


    Not offered in 2024, expected to be offered in 2025

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