Preaching Competency 1: Tips

How do I demonstrate Competency 1? “Develop a basic understanding of the teaching forms of the Early Church: evangelistic, catechetical, expository, prophetic, and festal, and the importance of each of the forms for the contemporary expansion and establishing of churches worldwide. Special attention will be given to the importance of the reading of Scripture and to a fresh understanding of Paul’s idea of rhetoric.”

  • You may use any evidence that you have created in order to demonstrate this or any other competency.
  • This first competency is focused on understanding the New Testament biblical theology of apostolic preaching and teaching that is expressed initially in Acts and the Pauline Epistles. Although the competency refers explicitly to five “forms of the Early Church” (evangelistic, catechetical, expository, prophetic, and festal), these are categories that are more fully developed in Unit 2 that will build on the apostolic preaching (Kerygma) and teaching (Didache) that is the focus of Unit 1 in this course and of the Essentials of Sound Doctrine course as a whole.
  • All three projects that are associated with Unit 1 relate directly to this competency. The examples in the project guides are intended to provide general direction. They are not developed enough to fully satisfy Bachelors level or Masters level competency in the Antioch School. The second and third projects lack the “substantive” criteria that is required for the Bachelors level and all three projects lack the “resourced” and “implemented” criteria that are required for the Masters level. Many learners satisfy the “resourced” criteria by creating a Life Development Reading Summary for some or all of the theological readings that are associated with Unit 1. 
  • None of the project descriptions or examples for Unit 1 emphasize the “implemented” criteria. However, the rest of the course builds on the biblical ideas of Unit 1 and includes projects that invite comparison and assessment of the first century and contemporary preaching and teaching. Therefore, some later projects that invite such comparisons or the creation of sermonic material or church events based on the apostolic preaching and teaching can be used to satisfy the “implemented” criteria related to this competency.
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