At SBC we try to highlight ways of study and classes that might be of interest to a wider audience and coming up next term is the Creative Homiletics course.

Creative Homiletics, or Beyond the three points: Preaching to contemporary hearers

This class explores the new context which we are increasingly inhabiting. For the lack of better word, we sometimes call it ‘postmodern’, or describe it as being secular or pluralistic. One of its defining features is the way in which people hear and relate to sermons (or not!).

If you are looking for new ways to engage with your hearers then this module is for you. You will be introduced to some key tools which will help you to gain a better understanding of this new world, and will be offered opportunities to engage with different approaches to breaking open the Word to contemporary hearers. You will have the opportunity to experience examples of these approaches, to take part in practical workshops, to critique a particular approach, and to present a sermon in a style you would like to improve in.

What next?

This class would be ideal for accredited ministers who want to diversify their sermon style; for lay preachers with some experience but want to develop further; or for church leaders who speak on a regular basis and want to be stretched.

The classes run on a Wednesday morning between 10am and 1:15pm (starting January 31st). You can apply online right now using our electronic application form and writing “Creative Homiletics” as course and you can find out more about Modular study here. For further information or to ask any questions, please email

Costs and entry requirements  

If you are an accredited minister and have a degree in divinity or related subject then entry should not be an issue but we recognise that not everyone who is preaching in church has this. Therefore, there are a couple of different routes to make the class as widely available as possible: First, you may be able to sit the class at a lower level through our Directed Learning option; second, you can audit the class which means you get all the same access to the course materials and teaching but without the assessments or amassing credit.  We’ll be able to best advise you on the route after application to the course.

Audit cost: £400

First module cost: £500

Regular Modular study cost: £800