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Programme and Module Handbook

Undergraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2020-2021 (archived)

Module TMMC2217: Developing Preaching

Department: Theology, Ministry and Mission

TMMC2217: Developing Preaching

Type Open Level 2 Credits 10 Availability Available in 2020/21 Module Cap None. Location Durham


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Excluded Combination of Modules

  • TMMC2061 Developing Preaching in the Contemporary World


  • To give students some critical insights into the theology, theory and practice of preaching.
  • To enable students to deploy and evaluate a range of interpretive approaches to Scripture in preaching.
  • To develop further students’ skills and knowledge to sustain them as reflective practitioners in this area of public ministry.


  • This module provides opportunities to engage critically with key aspects of preaching and is likely to include:
  • the theology and theory of preaching
  • different models and forms of preaching and how to prepare
  • critical approaches to engaging with Scripture and doctrine
  • further rhetorical strategies
  • practical skills of delivery
  • handling difficult texts

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • [SSK 3]
  • Demonstrate a critical understanding and analysis of some models of, and approaches to, preaching.
Subject-specific Skills:
  • [SSS 1, 2, 3]
  • Deploy a number of interpretative approaches to Scripture in preaching and critically reflect on their effectiveness.
  • Initiate and develop a strategy to sustain ongoing reflective engagement with Scripture and theology that supports a preaching ministry in the church.
Key Skills:
  • [KS 1, 2, 3, 4]
  • Identify, gather and evaluate source materials for a range of purposes.
  • Undertake a critical analysis of information and arguments, communicating these effectively to a specific audience and context.
  • Take responsibility for a task that involves independent inquiry; the management of time, resources and use of IT; meeting deadlines, evaluating the task and learning from it. Plan their own personal and professional development.

Modes of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and how these contribute to the learning outcomes of the module

  • Lectures and personal study
  • Practical Skill assessment and Written Theological Reflection

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Lectures 8 1.75 hours 16
Personal Study 84
Total 100

Summative Assessment

Component: Practical Skill Component Weighting: 40%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Practical Skill 15 minutes 100%
Component: Written Theological Reflection Component Weighting: 60%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Written Theological Reflection 1500 words 100%

Formative Assessment:

Attendance at all activities marked with this symbol will be monitored. Students who fail to attend these activities, or to complete the summative or formative assessment specified above, will be subject to the procedures defined in the University's General Regulation V, and may be required to leave the University