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The purpose of this study was to design curriculum and teach a course in advanced homiletics for a group of Master of Arts (MA) in pastoral ministry students in the North Caucasus Bible Institute in Prokhladnyy, Russia, in order to increase their understanding of the theory and practice of preaching, to improve their integration of homiletical theory into the students’ practice of preaching, and to evaluate the effectiveness of the training.
The curriculum examined theology of preaching, the role of the preacher, the role of the Holy Spirit in preaching, the principles of biblical interpretation, preparation, communication, reflection, and preaching as spiritual formation discipline.
The course took place as a weeklong event with eight fifty-minute presentations every day. Fifteen MA level students participated in the class and submitted all the requirements for successful completion of the pre- and post-class assignments, in addition to active participation and work during the time of the training event.
This study provided several significant contributions for teaching homiletics in the context of the Russian Baptist Churches. From one perspective, the course built upon their unique theology of preaching, the practice of extensive use of lay preaching and resulting lack of time for sermon preparation, and high occurrence of the extemporaneous preaching. From another perspective, the course utilized the contemporary pedagogical principles for curriculum development. Seeing the process of sermon preparation and the event of preaching as a spiritual formation practice together with consistent use of reflection provided a greater level of integration of homiletical theory into the practice of the participants’ preaching.
Thesis (D. Min.), 2011
2011, D., Min., 765488994, Preaching, Curricula, Russia, North, Caucasus, Bible, Institute
Missions and World Christianity
Includes bibliographical references (leaves 184-196).
BV4211.3 .B34 2011