Missional Preaching


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M 659
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The concept of missionality is at once relatively new and already overused. It emerged from the rediscovery of New Testament missiology in the beginning of the 20th Century but became synthesized with aspects of the Church Growth Movement in the 1990s, leading to the use of “missional” to describe everything from bake sales to aggressive membership campaigns. This course will seek to relocate “missional preaching” in the context of the earliest linking of “sending” and “preaching” in the New Testament, Luke9:2: “[Jesus] sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal.” How do we preach the kingdom of God today? What needs to change, in us and in our listeners, in order for the kingdom of God to be preached and received? We will reexamine our self-images as preachers and ask whether and in what ways our preaching offers our listeners agency to claim the kingdom for themselves. (all concentrations). 

©John Dally

Dr. John Dally, adjunct instructor in preaching at McCormick Seminary and author of the book, "Choosing the Kingdom: Missional Preaching for the Household of God".