Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Christ Renews His Preachers: A simple and self -generative process for the ongoing formation of preachers
by Scotchie, David, D.Min., Aquinas Institute of Theology, 2009, 123; 3346780
Abstract (Summary)

This project sought to answer the question: Could the principles of Christ Renews His Parish help create a simple and self-generative process for ongoing formation of preachers?

Chapter One, “Description and Analysis of Christ Renews His Parish,” describes Christ Renews His Parish. A parish-based self-generative retreat process, it consists of a retreat, formation, and the next retreat. An analysis of Christ Renews His Parish through the social cognitive theory of Albert Bandura found that conversion, community, and continuity resulted from Christ Renews His Parish’s strong environment.

Chapter Two, “The Five Characteristics of Roman Catholic Preaching,” uses the research of Robert Waznak and Stephen DeLeers to describe the biblical, liturgical, kerygmatic, conversational, and prophetic characteristics of preaching. To help the preacher grasp each preaching characteristic, it adds an image—disciple, mystagogue, herald, witness, and interpreter—to enflesh each characteristic.

Chapter Three, “The Process,” designs Christ Renews His Preachers. The preaching retreat day, six formation sessions, and a second preaching retreat day aim to form participants in the five characteristics of Roman Catholic preaching. The principles of conversion, continuity, and self-perpetuation from Christ Renews His Parish are incorporated in the process design. The appendices serve as material for the retreat and formation.

Chapter Four, “Record of Pastoral Appropriation Effort and Discoveries Made,” documents a pilot of Christ Renews His Preachers. The pilot demonstrated that a format of a preaching retreat day, formation period, and preaching retreat day was able to perpetuate participation but not facilitation. Although the pilot was not definitive, team member behavior and interview responses suggest that the pilot built community, developed some elements of conversion among the pilot team members, and helped their understanding of preaching. The principles of community, conversion, and continuity helped create a self-generative process for ongoing formation of preachers.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Garrido, Ann M.
School: Aquinas Institute of Theology
School Location: United States -- Missouri
Source: DAI-A 70/02, Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Clerical studies, Theology, Adult education, Religious education
Keywords: Adult learning, Catholic, Christ Renews His Parish, Continuing education, Ongoing formation, Preaching, Self-generative
Publication Number: 3346780
ISBN: 978-1-109-02156-1
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