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Advanced Preaching Workshop A: Bible Teaching and the Art of Story

AQF: 8, hybrid

The SMBC Centre for Preaching and Pastoral Ministry is committed to strengthening and refreshing preachers. We love deep and transformative biblical knowledge and want to seek it with you. We’re here to facilitate your growth in ministry competencies, personal effectiveness, cultural intelligence, and communication skills appropriate to our diverse and changing contexts.

The Centre offers a rolling series of Advanced Preaching Workshops. Together the 4 different workshops can combine to create a 12-credit unit with the Australian College of Theology (ACT) that can contribute to an award like a Graduate Certificate in Divinity, for example (each workshop is a 3 credit unit). The workshop format, made up of 5-6 hours on a Saturday (in hybrid mode*), plus 2 follow up Zoom meetings, requires just 9 interactive teaching hours over a semester. We’re aiming for something deeper than a day conference but less daunting than a full ACT unit. A non-accredited option is also available

These workshops will bring something fresh to you as a preacher. They will be interdisciplinary, combining the teaching of an experienced biblical preacher with experts in fields like literature, workplace theology, counselling and culture. 

So if your preaching is getting a bit same-ish, these workshops might be just what you need. Take some time to connect with the unfathomable richness of God’s timeless word. Take some time to sharpen how you communicate it.

ADVANCED PREACHING WORKSHOP A: Bible Teaching and the Art of Story

The Bible is full of masterful storytelling. Deepen your reading of it and connect with the way people experience and understand their own lives in story forms.

Lecturers: Dr Jonathan Dykes and Kristen Young
AQF level: 8
Lecture Mode: hybrid* 
Enrol by Start Date: Monday 7 October 2024
Dates: Wednesday 23 October 2024 + 2 follow-up Zoom classes (9 hours in total)
Location: Croydon Campus, 43 Badminton Road, Croydon 2132
End Date: Monday 25 November 2024
Credit Points: PC115-803 = 3 credit points (1/4 unit) - GCDiv, GDDiv, MTS, MMin, MDiv
Tuition Fees: 
Non- accredited option (certificate) = $313.75
ACT accredited option (3 credit points) = $744 (Overseas student = $856.50)
For further details see Costs
Note: Class sizes will be limited. Short term on-campus accommodation is also available for those from outside Sydney.

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Also coming up are:

ADVANCED PREACHING WORKSHOP B: Bible Teaching and Everyday Dilemmas (2025)

ADVANCED PREACHING WORKSHOP C: Bible Teaching and Character Formation (2025)

ADVANCED PREACHING WORKSHOP D: Bible Teaching, Culture and Meaning (2024)

 units in this mode are delivered face-to-face in the classroom only
Off-Campus: units in this mode are delivered live online-only, that is, a mix of online lectures, videos, activities and interaction with lecturers and fellow students.
Hybrid: units in this mode are delivered both on-campus and off-campus concurrently.

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