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Preaching Competency 3: Tips

How do I demonstrate Competency 3? “Introduce the student to the importance of psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, to the integration of these forms into the life of the church in appropriate cultural forms of worship, designed to enhance the effectiveness and application of these forms in the everyday life of the believers in these churches.”

  • Most learners draw heavily on their work on Unit 3 projects to demonstrate this competency. The three parts of the competency relate directly to the three projects associated with Unit 3. The three projects focus on the initial outline and two expansions of a mini-theology of psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs.
  • A “mini-theology” is a whole biblical idea that includes its foundational principles and practical implications expressed clearly enough for the church to understand and effectively use in life and ministry. The project example is the beginning of such a “mini-theology” of psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs. However, the project example, like all other project examples in the BILD Leadership Series courses, should not be uncritically adopted or reproduced. The learners should articulate their own understanding of the biblical idea and provide substantial evidence of its validity.
  • The project example is “substantive” enough for Bachelors level credit in the Antioch School. However, it is not yet “resourced” nor “implemented” even though it has footnotes and implications spelled out. The resourced criteria means that the course material such as the theological readings in the course itself are referenced in the project. The footnotes in the project example do not reference any of the readings in the course itself. The implemented criteria means that the learner’s conclusions are actually used to either assess past or present experience(s) or to plan future experience(s). The implications in the project example are general and not yet applied to any specific situation.
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