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Courses – ACTS DMin in Preaching Program


Building Preachers for the Reign of God


These courses examine fundamental dimensions of preaching and provide a framework for participants to explore their own preaching. Over three years, the core courses follow this sequence:
• First-year Participants: Preaching as Interpretation
• Second-year Participants: Preaching as Performance
• Third-year Participants: Preaching as Social Transformation


This course offers an opportunity for participants to raise to consciousness and acquire perspective upon their own interpretive strategies for preaching, both in terms of the biblical text and the community, and to sharpen their practice of interpretation in dialogue with recent critical thought and o­ne another.


Participants join their own experience with the depths of scripture in developing sermons that communicate in depth. Preachers focus o­n their capacity to embody the text as lived experience.


This course explores the social dimensions of preaching, including the congregation’s social context, the social world of the biblical text, and elements of preaching that enable a congregation to engage in issues of social justice.


Participants choose an elective course from a menu of options in the Spring prior to Residency. The elective courses are offered the second week of Residency. Participants normally choose an elective course based o­n their goals for the Preaching Ministry Project.

The 2019 Elective Faculty

* Frank Thomas – 
Preaching as Celebration

* Paul Scott Wilson – 
Four Pages and Preaching

* Lynn Japinga – 
Preaching About Women in the Old Testament


Colloquy courses are designed to plan and prepare for the work of the Preaching Ministry Project and the academic writing required by the program. Students, peers, advisors, and faculty work collaboratively to focus the scope of the project and to create a Learning Covenant. Research methodology is featured in all three colloquies.


Core course faculty, elective course faculty and peers each evaluate a video of the participants’ sermon preached after the residency in the participants’ ministry context (a total of three sermons). Evaluations focus o­n integration of course learning with the specific local ministry-site preaching. With each videotape, participants submit a Reflection Paper describing the goals of the sermon and a paper from a group of ministry members outlining their views and evaluation of the sermon.