This November I’m presenting a paper at the Academy of Homiletics on preaching as craft and craft pedagogy! Its posted on this site as well under Reading and Articles.
Two wonderful homiletical scholars and teachers of preaching have published a new textbook that is worth checking out! Nora Tisdale and Tom Troeger, both professors at Yale Divinity, have just released A Sermon Workbook: Exercises in the Art and Craft of Preaching. I’ll leave it to you to read more about the book description at the link.
Here are a few things I REALLY like about their approach that dovetails nicely with craft-oriented pedagogy:
- They foreground the identity of preacher, inviting students to see themselves as a preacher (rather than just someone who preaches) and live into that vocational identity.
- The content is modular rather than linear, and the modules are designed so the order can be varied based on the needs of the student.
- The approach blends content learning with weekly writing exercises, which are smaller than a sermon but build sermon-writing skills and integrate learning as it happens.