The project director developed a plan for sermon feedback to evaluate the expository preaching of the pastors of Open Arms Church (OAC), in Upstate New York. Understanding that no preacher has arrived, the project director recognized an opportunity to help the teaching pastors of OAC continue to grow as expository preachers. The project director sought to identify key sermon criteria as well as effective feedback methods OAC pastors could utilize to seek sermon improvement.
Over a period of twelve months, from January 2018 to December 2018, the project director engaged in research and interacted with preaching experts, OAC pastors, and non-pastoral OAC members to develop a feedback plan. The project director recognized biblical and theological foundations for the feedback plan through a study of key scriptures (Prov 19:20, Acts 15:1–35, Acts 18:24–28, and 1 Cor 2:1–5). By reviewing select preaching texts, the project director identified important content, structural, and delivery elements of expository sermons. He surveyed preaching literature and interviewed church leaders to discover various approaches to sermon feedback. A panel of preaching experts—Greg Heisler, Scott Pace, Stephen Rummage, and Hershael York—provided qualitative evaluations for each stage of the plan’s development. OAC pastors and a group of OAC members also reviewed the plan for clarity and usefulness.
The project director included three documents in the final feedback plan: a list of twenty key expository sermon elements, an overview of three integrated methods for feedback, and a sermon feedback guide that evaluators could use to provide sermon critique. The project director recognized that by working in cooperation with others, he produced a better feedback plan than he would have if he had worked alone. He anticipated the continued benefit of working in collaboration with others by participating in the implementation of the project at OAC.
|Commitee:||Beck, David R., Cockrell, B. T.|
|School:||Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary|
|Department:||Department of Graduate Studies|
|School Location:||United States -- North Carolina|
|Source:||DAI-A 80/09(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Religion, Clergy, Communication|
|Keywords:||Expository preaching, Homiletics, Preaching, Sermon delivery, Sermon evaluation, Sermon feedback|
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