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Homiletics—the art and science of sermon construction—is an integral part of the ministerial path. In this entry-level course, students will become acquainted with the basics of good sermon construction, in particular textual preaching based on scriptural verses and passages from the teachings of the ascended masters. They will outline and create one mini-sermon and will submit a video recording of their mini-sermon for critiquing by the instructor and feedback from classmates.
In addition, students will become familiar with the elements of an effective, inspiring Sunday Service in Church Universal and Triumphant. They will learn how and when to use various Sunday Service rituals as well as how to sustain a sacred forcefield, make appropriate music selections and actively engage the congregation in the service. They will submit one complete outline of a Sunday service matrix.
This course consists mostly of selected readings combined with practical homiletical and Sunday service assignments.
Students will be assessed on the following course assignments:
% of Final Grade
|Final Sermonette Project
Hours per week: Students should plan to set aside 5–6 hours per week to complete their weekly course work. This course consists of eight units and students are expected to complete one unit per week.
Additional Technology Requirement: ALL MINS 1110 STUDENTS must have a webcam and know how to make short videos with it. Video-editing knowledge or software is not required for this course. Please see the SU Tech Support Knowledge base for more information, or contact SU Tech Support with questions.
Textbook Information: MINS 1110 Textbook Information Sheet [PDF]
Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites for this course, but it is recommended that students will have previously completed RELS 1080 Understanding the Teachings of the Ascended Masters and COMS 1110 Public Speaking.
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