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Intro. to Preaching (section A) Lab time Wed. 2:30-4:00p


Program Masters
Field of Study Ministry
Class# MWP 315
Instructor Kapp, Deborah
Location See schedule below.
Start Date 9.7.2010
End Date 12.10.2010
Time 1:00-2:30p.
Day Wed
Common Room East Wed 9/8/2010 Wed 9/8/2010 1:00 PM 2:30 PM
Conference Room 353 Wed 9/15/2010 Wed 9/15/2010 1:00 PM 2:30 PM
Common Room East Wed 9/22/2010 Wed 11/24/2010 1:00 PM 2:30 PM
Conference Room 353 Wed 12/1/2010 Wed 12/1/2010 1:00 PM 2:30 PM
Common Room East Wed 12/8/2010 Sat 12/11/2010 1:00 PM 4:00 PM


Course Description Masters Level

McCormick Theological Seminary


Course Number and Title: MWP 315         Introduction to Preaching


Faculty:          Deborah Kapp


Term:             Fall 2010


Course Description:

Preaching is a complicated craft, and in this course students will start to practice it. Through course readings, writing, preaching, and analyzing sermons, students will develop skills in the development, delivery, and reflective critique of sermons that are appropriate for their contexts and traditions. 

Course Objectives:

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

  • Describe and define what constitutes a good sermon in their religious tradition
  • Develop sermons that connect the biblical text with a contemporary audience
  • Develop sermons that are coherent and focused
  • Speak confidently from a pulpit
  • Offer and receive thoughtful criticism about preaching


Masters Program Learning Outcomes

The learning outcomes established for each degree program are below. The ones that are underlined are those addressed by the course above. Because a course may be taken by students in any masters degree program, outcomes in more than one degree program may be addressed by this course.


M.Div. Learning Outcomes            

  1. Lead communities of faith with integrity, imagination and compassion.
  2. Perform the skills related to nurturing the life of faith (for self and others) including preaching, teaching, care-giving, leading public worship and public ministries.
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of the Bible and Christian traditions and the ability to interpret texts and practices.
  4. Work and worship with people from diverse backgrounds (racial, ethnic, religious) informed by knowledge from cross-cultural and anti-racist perspectives.
  5. Analyze social locations and cultural contexts in order to develop contextual forms of Christian ministry.
  6. Be proficient in the theological and ethical reflection related to situations and decisions in local, national and global contexts.
  7. Practice appropriate habits of spiritual formation and self-care and possess a growing, healthy sense of vocational identity.


MTS Learning Outcomes

  1. Exhibit the ability to interpret and teach Christian traditions, texts, and practices that nurture the life of faith and scholarship in themselves and the communities they serve.
  2. Articulate a point of view effectively and coherently in spoken and written communication.
  3. Engage in theological research and analysis based upon an argument and construct a theological essay or thesis article.


MA in Discipleship Development Learning Outcomes

  1. Teach basic concepts of Christian belief, traditions and practices.
  2. Equip others to engage in a variety of spiritual practices (such as prayer, hospitality, or worship).
  3. Plan and lead programs of Christian formation in a variety of settings.
  4. Analyze and evaluate resources and practices for Christian formation.


MA in Urban Ministry Learning Outcomes

  1. Examine and analyze urban contexts using Chicago as a laboratory / case study.
  2. Draw on biblical and theological resources to reflect ethically on issues of church and society.
  3. Demonstrate capacity to engage in cross-cultural ministries.
  4. Evaluate skills and strategies to organize communities and access political power in urban settings.


Primary Texts

Lundblad, Barbara K. 2007. Marking Time: Preaching Biblical Stories in the Present Tense. Nashville, TN: Abingdon Press.

McMickle, Marvin A. Shaping the Claim. Minneapolis: Fortress Press.

An additional text will be chosen from a list of several suggested. Selected articles, book chapters, and sermons will be available electronically through Moodle.

Approximate amount of work per week students can expect (reading, writing, etc.)

5-6 hours sermon preparation

75 pp of reading


Course Assignments and Projects

Each student will prepare and deliver four sermons and write one short paper that compares the three primary texts.