Shaped for faithful witness: Missional hermeneutics and the task of preaching
LE3 .A278 2017
Doctor of Ministry
Acadia Divinity College
The aim of this study is to further the development of a missional theology of preaching and extend the practice of preaching that employs a missional hermeneutic.The thesis of this work is that preaching that utilizes a missional hermeneutic will serve to form a missional identity in a congregation, including the preacher, and prepare God’s people to engage in faithful witness to Jesus. This thesis was explored by preparing a handbook that introduces a missional hermeneutic and develops a theology and practice of preaching from this perspective. The handbook was introduced to a study group of three preachers for a period of five weeks. Interview data was collected and analyzed to examine the educational process for preachers exploring a missional hermeneutic and to determine the impacts of the handbook on their perspectives and practices. The study noted six significant educational factors involved for preachers exploring and adopting a missional hermeneutic and discussed six major impacts of the handbook for the study group. The results of the study, and feedback from preaching participants, were used to revise the handbook project, sharpening the tool for future use with preachers.
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