Preaching – Curriculum

Students in the Ministry Major may choose to fill 12 of the 18 ministry hour electives with the following preaching courses. Students who complete this option will have a major in Ministry with a preaching concentration.

Students in a degree program other than a ministry major may declare a minor in preaching. Students who minor in preaching will complete 15 semester hours in preaching. Students will take HM 201 Introduction to Homiletics prior to taking the four courses identified below.

HM 201 Introduction to Homiletics

The course introduces the student to the theory and practice of the preparation and delivery of sermons, with special attention to the various homiletical forms (topical, textual, biographical, and narrative sermons).

Prerequisite: SC 171

Pre or Corequisite: GB 151

Class Hours: 3

Lab Hours: 0

Total Credit Hours: 3

HM 202 Homiletics Practicum

The course is a continuation of the course Introduction to Homiletics. It is a lab where the student will have opportunity to put into practice, through regular classroom presentations the principles learned in Introduction to Homiletics.

Prerequisite: HM 201

Class Hours: 3

Lab Hours: 0

Total Credit Hours: 3

HM 301 Expository Preaching

The course addresses the theory and practice of expository preaching through research, organization, delivery, and criticism of expository sermons.

Prerequisite: HM 202

Class Hours: 3

Lab Hours: 0

Total Credit Hours: 3

HM 302 Preaching the Literary Genres of the Bible

The course will explore the different literary genres in Scripture (e.g., narrative, wisdom, prophecy) and how to appropriately interpret them; look at what it means to preach different biblical genres to a modern audience taking into account worldview and culture; and help students to develop biblical messages that are appropriate to the relevant genres being sensitive to communication principles.

Prerequisite: HM 202

Class Hours: 3

Lab Hours: 0

Total Credit Hours: 3

HM 400 Topics in Homiletics

The course will address special topics related to homiletics. Topics addressed may vary from year to year, topics may include preaching for special occasions, use of media in preaching, narrative preaching, preaching on sensitive issues, connecting with the audience through audience targeting and segmenting.

Prerequisite: HM 202

Class Hours: 3

Lab Hours: 0

Total Credit Hours: 3

For more information, please check the MACU Course catalog.