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Preaching as an Integrative Focus in Ministry

The Preaching as an Integrative Focus in Ministry cohort offers a unique opportunity for students to challenge the pervasive fragmentary nature of pastoral life and work in our time. The cohort will devote three years to exploring a holistic perspective on preaching that is oriented to serving God’s mission in the world. Traditional ways of understanding the person and work of the preacher (ethos, logos, and pathos) will be addressed in fresh, contemporary ways in order to cultivate an integrative vision for interpreting the character, content, and context of preaching.

Apply by: February 10, 2018


Dates of Cohort Intensive: July 23–31, 2018

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Overview:

  • The cohort will devote three years to exploring the ministry of the Word from a holistic perspective that is oriented to serving God’s mission in the world.
  • Traditional ways of understanding the person and work of the preacher (ethos, logos, and pathos) will be addressed in fresh, contemporary ways in order to cultivate an integrative vision for interpreting the character, content, and context of preaching.
  • The cohort will encourage students to address matters within a larger theological and historical framework.
  • Style, delivery, use of technology, trends in cultural or sociological change, and similar considerations will be addressed in the cohort, but students will focus on (1) the spiritual and moral formation of the preacher, (2) the knowledge and wisdom of the preacher, and (3) the ecclesial and social witness of the preacher in service of God’s rule revealed in Jesus Christ.

Year One: The Formation of the Preacher

Co-taught with Bishop William H. Willimon, Professor of the Practice of Christian Ministry, Duke Divinity School
Intensive dates: July 23–31, 2018

Throughout the majority of the history of the church, the formation of the preacher was the most important consideration in homiletical practice. Year One will devote attention to what has become an urgent matter for pastors and Christian leaders: the stewardship of one’s intellectual, spiritual, and moral well-being as necessary for faithful ministry, particularly the practice of preaching. Preaching will be explored from within the way of discipleship: the call to daily “following after” Jesus Christ, the Word of God, incarnate, crucified, and risen in the whole of life.

Year Two: The Message of the Preacher

Intensive dates: July 22–30, 2018

Preaching is peculiar speech: the formation and expression of Christian discourse calling preachers to a way of thinking and perceiving that requires the practice of “faith seeking understanding,” a kind of intellectual work that draws from the full range of disciplines across the seminary curriculum. Year Two will address the significance of the preacher’s habits of prayer, study, reflection, and preparation in building on the formative matters explored in Year One.

Year Three: The Context of the Preacher

Intensive dates: July 20–28, 2020

Sermons are not “generic” messages. Preaching is always addressed to a particular people called by God to a shared life of worship and witness in particular times, places, and circumstances. Year Three will explore the oft-contested matter of “relevance” in a way that builds on the formative and interpretive matters covered in Years One and Two. Preaching will be approached as a formative practice of the church within the context of God’s mission with and for the world.

Years Four–Five: Doctoral project phase of DMin program

Instructors

Michael Pasquarello is the Lloyd John Ogilvie Professor of Preaching in Fuller’s School of Theology. Beginning his career as a commissioned officer in the United States Marine Corps, he then answered the call to pastoral ministry and was ordained in the United Methodist Church. Dr. Pasquarello has taught classes in the theology and practice of preaching, worship, and sacramental theology, the theology of St. Augustine, the history of preaching, and biblical interpretation. He is working on a book manuscript for Eerdmans that seeks to envision preaching from the perspective of theological aesthetics, and his current research focuses on Dietrich Bonhoeffer as a theologian who was deeply committed to the practice of preaching and formation of preachers.
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