Details for Preaching

Have you ever wished that you could bottle the persuasiveness and power of your favourite preacher in order to supercharge your own sermons and see your congregation transformed? When it comes to sermons, the bridge between the first century text and twenty-first century context can often seem longer than 2000-odd years. If you want to discover what turns effective preaching into life-changing preaching, and bring revelation to postmodern people that struggle with the Christian story, then look no further. Get ready to be equipped with the rhetorical tools in this unit to craft a message so powerful that it will be impossible for your audience to leave the pews unchanged.

Quick Info

  • Currently offered by Alphacrucis: Yes
  • Course code: MIN003
  • Credit points: 10
  • Subject coordinator: Daryl Potts


The following courses are prerequisites:

Awards offering Preaching

This unit is offered as a part of the following awards:

Unit Content


Students should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an ability to produce messages based on biblical and cultural exegesis
  2. Develop a knowledge of tools and skills related to preaching
  3. Deduce elements required for effective preaching
  4. Demonstrate an understanding both of the contours of the biblical text and how to apply these to the needs of congregations in sermon delivery.

Subject Content

  1. Ancient oratory and Christian preaching
  2. Hermeneutics and preaching
  3. Constructing exegetical sermons
  4. Constructing topical sermons
  5. Communicating to different audiences
  6. Skill development

This course may be offered in the following formats

  • Face to face on site
  • E-learning (online)
  • Intensive (One week: 7 hours per day for 5 days = 35 class hours + approx 85 hours out of class time for research, writing, exam preparation and execution, ancillary activities associated with completion of assigned tasks.)

Please consult your course prospectus or enquire about how and when this course will be offered next at Alphacrucis College.

Assessment Methods

  1. Sermon (10 mins/500 words) - 30%
  2. Reflection Paper (1200 words) - 40%
  3. Sermon (10 mins/500 words) - 30%

Representative References

Brueggemann, W. The Word Militant: Preaching a Decentering Word. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2007.

Cargall, TB. Hearing a Film, Seeing a Sermon: Preaching and Popular Movies. Louisville, Tennessee: Westminster John Knox Press, 2007.

Chapell, Bryan. Christ-Centered Preaching: Redeeming the Expository Sermon. Baker Academic, 2005.

Coleson, J. (ed), Passion, Power and Purpose: Essays on the Art of Contemporary Preaching. Indianapolis, IN: Wesleyan Publishing House, 2006.

Graves, M. & Schlafer, DJ. (eds.). What’s the Shape of Narrative Preachers. Danvers, MA: Chalice Press, 2008.

Heisler, Greg. Spirit Led Preaching: The Holy Spirit’s Role in Sermon Preparation and Delivery. B & H Publishing Group, 2007.

Lloyd-Jones, D. M. Preaching and Preachers. Grand Rapids MI: Zondervan, 1972.

Miller, C. Preaching: The Art of Narrative Exposition. Grand Rapids: Baker, 2006.

Pasquarello III, M. Christian Preaching: A Trinitarian Theology of Proclamation. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2008.

Miller, C. Preaching: The Art of Narrative Exposition. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Baker, 2006.

Robinson, H. W. Biblical Preaching: The Development and Delivery of Expository Messages (3rd ed.). Grand Rapids MI: Baker Academic, 2014.

Smith, R. Doctrine that Dances: Bringing Doctrinal Preaching and Teaching to Life. Nashville, Tennessee: B&H Publishing, 2008.

Stott, J. R. I Believe in Preaching. London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1998.

Sunukjian, DR. Invitation to Biblical Preaching. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Kregel, 2007.

Tucker, AB. The Preacher as Storyteller. Nashville, Tennessee: B&H Publishing, 2008.

Webb, J.M. Preaching for the Contemporary Service. Nashville TN: Abingdon Press, 2006.

Wilson, P.S. Preaching and Homiletical Theory. St Louis: Chalice Press, 2004.

Wright, JW. Telling God’s Story. Downers Grove, Illinois: InterVarsity Press, 2007.


  • Clergy Journal
  • Homiletic
  • Interpretation
  • Journal for Preachers
  • Leadership