This new volume in the SCM Research series argues that both preaching and Action Research are inherently exposing practices. They require a deep level of self-consciousness, and a willingness to hold oneself up to critique and comment. But at their best they are both formed within a deep and supportive critical community.
Applying a methodology rooted in Action Research as way of Doing Theology (ART), and drawn from the author's own research within a specific 'community of practice', "The Naked Preacher" demonstrates for preachers and ministers new ways to be critically and constructively self-aware. It also offers an important contribution for practical theologians with an interest in action research and critical reflection.
About the Author
Rev Dr Jason Boyd is Minister of Witney Congregational Church, and a tutor in theology on the Congregational Federation Foundation Degree
Table of Contents
1. Action research: a messy business
2. Action research as a way of doing theology: is it an ART?
3 . Word Café: opening up communicative space?
4 . The Bible transforms the preacher: let those with ears hear
5 . Looking the congregation in the eye: the naked preacher
6. The visible preacher: finding a place to stand
7. The unfinished story: continuing to negotiate the insider–outsider terrain