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Training Preachers: A Guide to Teaching Homiletics

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A Field Guide for Teaching Homiletics

There is a difference between knowing how to preach and knowing how to communicate that knowledge to others. Drawing from the wells of pedagogy and theology, Training Preachers shows teachers of homiletics how to educate preachers to skillfully and effectively present God’s word to their congregations.

Training Preachers presents the classroom-tested insights of several seasoned homiletics professors whose goal is to share their knowledge with preaching instructors ranging from novices to veterans. Expertly edited by Scott M. Gibson, this is a textbook on teaching preaching that is informed by Christian theology as well as cutting-edge pedagogical practices. The book enables those who teach preaching to holistically prepare to teach this subject to groups, conference gatherings, and classes in Bible colleges and seminaries.

Praise for Training Preachers

Essential reading for the novice and the veteran teacher of preachers, that steers thought, stirs emotion, and spurs action.

—Abraham Kuruvilla, Senior Research Professor of Preaching and Pastoral Ministries, Dallas Theological Seminary

All of us who preach have regretted some of the sermons we delivered early in our ministries. And all of us who teach preaching have done the same with some of our first lectures and classroom exercises. How I wish I would have had access to a resource like Training Preachers before I walked into my first seminary classroom as a professor! While there’s a plethora of books available to preachers and students of preaching, few have been written on the slippery subject of how to teach things related to this holy calling. Whether you’re just starting out or you’re a seasoned preaching coach, Scott Gibson and his team of experienced homileticians have provided us with a treasure for our task.

—Jim Shaddix, W. A. Criswell Professor of Expository Preaching and Director, Center for Preaching and Pastoral Leadership, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

Over the course of the last twenty years, more than thirteen hundred books have been published on the subject of preaching. Few of these works are specifically designed to resource homiletics teachers for the task of instructing preachers. Training Preachers astutely fills this void to the greater glory of God and the greater good of the church. As a treasure chest of education-based guidance for teaching preaching, Training Preachers is a rare find—a gem. Readers will discover a goldmine of sound principles and proven practices for effectively equipping learners in the art and science of life-changing proclamation.

—France B. Brown, Jr., Dr. Ernest L. Mays Assistant Professor of Expository Preaching & Biblical Teaching, College of Biblical Studies–Houston


  • Introduction to the Teaching of Preaching
  • The Place of Preaching Professors in Theological Education by Scott M. Gibson
  • An Apology for Learning Educational Theory by Patricia M. Batten
  • Help from Educational Theorists for the Teaching of Preaching by Victor Anderson
  • Teach so Students Can Learn: Teaching Preaching and Learning Styles by John V. Tornfelt
  • What a Freshly Minted Preaching Professor Needs to Know (Part 1) by Tony Merida
  • What a Freshly Minted Preaching Professor Needs to Know (Part 2) by Blake Newsom
  • Developing a Syllabus for a Homiletics Course by Sid Buzzell
  • Learning Levels and Instructional Intentions by Sid Buzzell
  • The Value of Feedback: Speaking the Truth in Love by Chris Rappazini
  • Teaching with Trajectory: Equipping Students for the Lifelong Journey of Learning to Preach by Timothy Bushfield
  • You Are an Educator by Scott M. Gibson

Product Details

  • Title: Training Preachers: A Guide to Teaching Homiletics
  • Editor: Scott M. Gibson
  • Publisher: Lexham Press
  • Publication Date: 2019
  • Page Count: 209
  • Format: Logos Digital, Paperback
  • Trim Size: 6x9
  • ISBN: 9781683592068

Dr. Gibson joined Gordon-Conwell in 1992 and has brought with him both academic and experiential knowledge of preaching. An ordained Baptist minister, he has served as a pastor and interim pastor in four churches in Pennsylvania and New York since 1985: First Baptist Church, New Bethlehem, PA; Harmony Baptist Church, New Castle, PA; First Baptist Church, Clarion, PA; and First Baptist Church, Lockport, NY. At Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Dr. Gibson directs the Center for Preaching and the A.J. Gordon Guild, the Ph.D. program in association with London School of Theology. Dr. Gibson is past president and co-founder of the Evangelical Homiletics Society and is a member of several professional and ecclesiological organizations. These include the Academy of Homiletics, the Evangelical Theological Society and the National Association of Evangelicals. Dr. Gibson has also been the recipient of several scholarships and fellowships. These included a scholarship from the International Order of the King’s Daughters and Sons for 1982 and 1983. From 1983-1984, he was also the recipient of the Parsonage Graduate Fellowship (a scholarship to study preaching overseas) and from 1988-1989 was a Rotary Foundation Scholar at the University of Toronto. He also received a private fellowship from September to December 1989, to study in Australia. Dr. Gibson’s scholarly interests include contemporary issues in preaching, pastoral ministry concerns, the history of preaching, the history of evangelicalism and discipleship. His personal interests include fishing, various sports, reading, writing, art, theater, films, antiques, books, and traveling. He and his wife, Rhonda, live in Beverly, MA. in The The

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