Preaching in Church Contexts TRS2023

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Critical Studies
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 2 (SCQF level 8)
  • Typically Offered: Either Semester 1 or Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

This course offers students an introduction to the processes involved in constructing, writing, and delivering sermons in Christian contexts


10 classes across 1 semester, with a mixture of lecture and seminar combinations. (10 hrs lecture/10 hrs of seminar)

Requirements of Entry

Successful completion of any TRS level 1 course Grade D3 and above or at the discretion of the Head of Theology and Religious studies

Excluded Courses

TRS 2008, TRS 3040, TRS 4082



■ An essay on preaching methods of 1000 words (40%)

■ A portfolio: A critical self-evaluation of their class delivered sermon incorporating the sermon text, appraisal and feedback, the evaluation form completed by the appraiser, an annotated resources list demonstrating the reading and e-resources consulted during preparation, any other non-written materials used in or associated with the sermon. 1000 words exclusive of sermon text, evaluation form and annotated resources list (60%) 

Course Aims

This course aims to:

■ introduce students to contemporary understandings of the construction, presentation and reception of preaching in Christian contexts.

■ develop student competence in researching, writing, and presentation skills through active practice.

■ offer students opportunity to respond to and learn from detailed feedback on student's practice as a preacher of sermons.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ recognise key principles in the contemporary construction, presentation and reception of preaching, and apply this in relation to their own practice.

■ employ a variety of web-based resources for researching and constructing sermons.

■ write and deliver a sermon for appraisal in a supportively critical environment.

■ evaluate feedback on their sermon from an experienced practitioner and supportive student colleagues.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.