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: MIN203
  • 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

Curriculum Objective

This course unit gives an opportunity to develop an understanding and practical application of communicating that has been learnt in the foundational theological and biblical units of first year. The unit addresses the relationship between exegesis and application, and contemporary communication theory and practice.


  1. Demonstrate an ability to produce messages based on biblical and cultural exegesis
  2. Develop and demonstrate advanced knowledge of contemporary tools and skills related to preaching, in order to deconstruct, modify and strengthen personal preaching skills;
  3. Demonstrate an ability to provide in depth constructive feedback to peer sermon presentations;
  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;
  5. Discuss the significance of the place of preaching both within the Pentecostal and wider church traditions;
  6. Exhibit an ability to analyse the integration of sermon construction and communication, including the consideration of other Christian perspectives and understandings.

Subject Content

  • Ancient oratory and Christian preaching
  • Hermeneutics and preaching
  • Constructing exegetical sermons
  • Constructing topical sermons
  • Communicating to different audiences
  • Preaching in postmodernity
  • Skill development
  • Pentecostalism and preaching

This course may be offered in the following formats

  • Face to Face (onsite)
  • Distance/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 University College.

Assessment Methods

  • Sermon (1) (25%)
  • Reflection Paper (25%)
  • Sermon (1) (25%)
  • Final Reflection Paper (25%)

Prescribed Text

  • Primary readings provided