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Preaching to Culture & Cultures

Dates: TBA
Campus: South Hamilton
Primary Faculty Mentors: Dr. Matt Kim & Dr. Nicholas Gatzke
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Advanced Standing for Th.M. in Preaching Graduates.

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"Understanding current culture and ethnic cultures makes a difference in preaching."

--Scott M. Gibson

The Apostle Paul charged Timothy, “In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and kingdom…Preach the Word: be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction (2 Timothy 4:1-2). Paul also includes himself with the Corinthian believers and preachers today when he wrote, “We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors… (2 Corinthians 5:20). The assumption for this track in preaching is that preachers are to preach as ambassadors of Christ to culture and cultures.

This Doctor of Ministry track develops within preachers the theology, philosophy, and methodology necessary to proclaim the word in increasingly globalized contexts to increasingly diverse listeners . "This cohort will help you to learn how to exegete your congregation, culture and subcultures," says Dr. Matthew Kim whose passions include helping bridge these cultural gaps.

Students will be prepared with skills and tools to communicate effectively to their changing church contexts and wider cultures. The student’s sending congregation will be enriched through the training received in biblical and cultural exegesis in the task of preaching. 

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This track assumes knowledge of and competency with the principles as taught in Preaching: Principles & Practices (PR 601 as taught by Gordon-Conwell) or its equivalent. This course can be purchased through Semlink (http://www.gordonconwellstore.org/servlet/the-107/Preaching-cln--Principles-and-Practices/Detail).

As a Doctor of Ministry student, you attend three two-week intensive residencies (seminars), one each year for three years. The residencies consist of lectures, case studies, participant reports and individual consultations. The classroom sessions are collegial in style and stress learning within a community context. In preparation for each residency, you read between 2,000 and 3,000 pages of assigned and collateral reading. Sample reading for the first residency are as follows:

  • Jeffrey D. Arthurs, Preaching with Variety: How to Recreate the Dynamics of Biblical Genres. Grand Rapids: Kregel,  2007. 978-­?0-­?8254-­?2019-­?1
  • Scott M. Gibson, ed., Making a Difference in Preaching: Haddon Robinson on Biblical Preaching. Grand Rapids: Baker, 1999. 0-­?8010-­?9092-­?X
  • Keith Willhite and Scott M. Gibson, eds., The Big Idea of Biblical Preaching: Connecting the Bible to People. Grand Rapids: Baker, 1998. ISBN-­?10: 0801091586 ISBN-­?13: 978-­?0801091582
  • Scott M. Gibson, Preaching for Special Services. Grand Rapids: Baker, 2001. ISBN-­?10: 080109111X ISBN-­?13: 978-­?0801091117.  
  • Scott M. Gibson, ed., Preaching the Old Testament. Grand Rapids: Baker, 2006. ISBN-­?10: 0-­?8010-­?6623-­?9 ISBN 978-­?0-­?8010-­?6623-­?8
  • Scott M. Gibson, Preaching With a Plan: Sermon Strategies for Growing Mature Believers. Grand Rapids: Baker, 2012. ISBN 978-­?0-­?8010-­?9159-­?9
  • Scott M. Gibson, Should We Use Someone Else’s Sermon? Preaching in a Cut and Paste World. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2008. ISBN-­?10: 0310286735 ISBN-­?13: 978-­?0310286738
  • Haddon Robinson, Biblical Preaching, 2nd ed. Grand Rapids: Baker, 2001. ISBN-­?10: 0801022622 ISBN-­?13: 978-­?0801022623
  • Donald R. Sunukjian, Invitation to Biblical Preaching: Proclaiming Truth with Clarity and Relevance. Grand Rapids: Kregel, 2007. ISBN-­?10: 0825436664 ISBN-­?13: 978-­?0825436666

To order these books through Christian Book Distributors, visit gcts.christianbook.com.

Following each of the first two residencies, you complete a project related to the residency topic. For the First Year Project, you will develop a preaching plan for your church and you will engage your congregation on the evaluation of two sermons. For the Second Year Project, you will develop a detailed theology of Preaching, demonstrating an understanding of contemporary culture broadly and your local culture specifically and what they mean for sermon. After the third residency, you complete a major thesis-project under the guidance of the directing faculty.

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Here is how your studies will transform you and your ministry by seeking to fulfill our general Doctor of Ministry goals in some track-specific ways:

  • To resource students through a biblically-grounded educational program taught by faculty who are committed to God's Word and the application of principles of Scripture to the issues of contemporary culture.
    • Students will be able to prepare and preach biblically-based sermons that apply the truth of the text to the lives of their listeners in their context.
    • Dr. Matt Kim's desire is to encourage pastors and enrich congregations by helping pastors learn how to truly consider the culture in which they preach.
    • "Preachers are to understand their culture so they preach to it," says Dr. Scott Gibson. His passion is to deepen the church through mentoring pastors.
  • To form in students a sound foundation of theological and biblical inquiry in their professional doctoral program's specialized track that they are able to integrate into the life of Christian ministry.
    • Students will be able to assess and articulate the theological and biblical underpinnings of various homiletical approaches that engage culture and cultures.
  • To provide students with the skill set and understandings in a specialized area of ministry to such an extent that they can impact their congregation or community more powerfully for God.
    • Students will be able to apply biblical, theological and cultural analysis taught in the readings and residencies in their ministry context.
  • To create through the cohort model of the program a dimension of Christian community and spiritual nurturing so that students form strong friendships with one another and enter long-term relationships with the scholars who guide the learning experience.
    • Students will be able to experience Christian fellowship as they preach to one another, engage in mutual sermon critique, learn from each others' lives and ministry context and encourage each other in their development as a preacher.
  • To develop in students a deeper understanding of Christ's lordship in all areas of life for the common good of the contemporary world.
    • Students will be able to understand the Living Word, the Lord Jesus Christ, through the study and preaching of the written Word as they do so in their contemporary world.
  • To cultivate within students through critical reflection and careful research through the residencies and projects an enriched Christian witness in the places of society they are called to serve.
    • Students will be able to critique his/her ministry in light of biblical and theological perspectives of preaching.
    • Students will be able to implement changes in their preaching that will improve the proclamation of the Word in their specific context.
  • To instill in students a refreshed view of their ministry as it relates to the proclamation of the Gospel among all people.
    • Students will be able to take to their churches a renewed vigor for his/her preaching ministry so that the people whom they serve will also benefit from the education and training they have received from this cohort.
    • "We want students to be encouraged to preach outside of the box as they learn from fellow preachers from different ethnic and cultural backgrounds," says Dr. Matthew D. Kim

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