The Peoples' Sermon: Preaching as a Ministry of the Whole Congregation

The Peoples' Sermon: Preaching as a Ministry of the Whole Congregation

by Shauna K. Hannan
The Peoples' Sermon: Preaching as a Ministry of the Whole Congregation

The Peoples' Sermon: Preaching as a Ministry of the Whole Congregation

by Shauna K. Hannan

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Overview

The proclamation of the gospel is the responsibility of the baptized rather than the privilege of the ordained. Preaching is not a solo endeavor. It is a communal practice, a ministry of the whole congregation that is most faithful when the process is shared.

In The Peoples' Sermon, Shauna K. Hannan argues that it is no longer faithful for a preacher to craft a sermon in isolation, step into "the pulpit" (literally or metaphorically) on Sunday morning, offer a one-sided monologue, and on Monday start all over, alone, with the process of researching and writing in preparation for the following Sunday.

Hannan's goal is to create vital worshipping communities where all know and live out their roles in the preaching ministry of the congregation, where both clergy and laity are empowered and equipped in their roles before, during, and after the sermon. She encourages readers to reflect on what preaching is and why the church engages in this practice, and to explore various roles in the preaching ministry of the congregation. She guides readers and their communities through a process that equips hearers to fulfill their active roles in the preaching ministry of the congregation.

The Peoples' Sermon dares to suggest that preaching is most faithful when it is collaborative. Pastors do not own the pulpit; they steward it.



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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781506466934
Publisher: 1517 Media
Publication date: 11/09/2021
Series: Working Preacher , #5
Pages: 220
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

Rev. Dr. Shauna K. Hannan is professor of homiletics at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary (of California Lutheran University) and core doctoral faculty in the area of Religion and Practice at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California. She received her PhD in practical theology, with a concentration in homiletics, from Princeton Theological Seminary and is an ordained pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Introduction xv

1 What Is Preaching? 1

2 Why Preach? 21

3 The Case for Collaboration 51

4 Feedforward: Collaborative Sermon Preparation 71

5 Feed: Stewarding the Pulpit 97

6 Feedback: Beyond Ego Strokes and Ego Strikes 131

7 Next Steps: Putting It All Together 159

Appendix A Sample Letters to Congregation Members 177

Appendix B Sample KWHL Chart 183

Appendix C Sample Feedback Forms 189

Notes 197

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