CTSFW

Concordia Theological Seminary – Fort Wayne, IN

CTSFW

Concordia Theological Seminary – Fort Wayne, IN

Atlanta, Georgia

Dr. Carl C. Fickenscher II

  • Professor of Pastoral Ministry and Missions
  • Chairman, Pastoral Ministry and Missions Department
  • Director of Pastoral Formation Programs

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Course Readings

Readings link will be emailed with order confirmation.


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Rev. David Miller
Email: Pastor@ascension-lcms.com
Phone: 404.255.0224


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Phone: (260) 452-2144
Email: Barbara.Reuning@ctsfw.edu
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Mr. Carl Springer

University of Tennessee - Chattanooga

SunTrust Chair of Excellence in the Humanities
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Associate Director of the Deaconess Formation Programs
Phone: 260.452.2225
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Assistant Director of Deaconess Formation
Phone: 314.591.7313
Email: Rose.Adle@ctsfw.edu
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Deac. Carolyn Brinkley

Director of Military Project
Phone: (260) 452-2140
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Director of Food & Clothing Co-op
CTSFW Tours Coordinator
Event Housing Coordinator

Phone: (260) 452-2119
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Assistant Director of Deaconess Formation
Phone: 314.591.7313
Email: Rose.Adle@ctsfw.edu
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Concordia University Chicago

Assistant Provost of Mission and Identity and Professor of History

Professor of Exegetical Theology
Assistant Faculty Marshal

Phone: (260) 452-2138
Email: Arthur.Just@ctsfw.edu
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Chairman and Associate Professor of Historical Theology
Assistant Editor of CTQ

Phone: 260.452.2228
Email: Benjamin.Mayes@ctsfw.edu
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Concordia University Wisconsin - Mequon, WI

Assistant Professor
Department of Theology
Director of the Concordia Bible Institute
Concordia University Wisconsin

Phone: (262) 243-4236

The Forest E. and Frances H. Ellis Professor of Historical Theology
Faculty Marshal

Phone: (260) 452-2226
Email: Cameron.MacKenzie@ctsfw.edu
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Professor of Pastoral Ministry and Missions
Chairman, Pastoral Ministry and Missions Department
Director of Pastoral Formation Programs

Phone: (260) 452-2131
Email: Carl.Fickenscher@ctsfw.edu
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Required Readings

Allen, Ronald J., ed. Patterns of Preaching: A Sermon Sampler. St. Louis: Chalice Press, 1998.

Fickenscher, Carl C., II. “The Relationship of Sermon Form to the Communication of the Proper Distinction between Law and Gospel in Lutheran Preaching.” Fort Wayne: Concordia Theological Seminary Press, 1999.

Course Objectives

Through reading, through limited lecture and extensive discussion, and through practical application, the participant will

  1. Gain an understanding of why and how throughout Christian history the form of the sermon has developed,
  2. Grasp more firmly the importance of sermon form to the complete homiletical task,
  3. Become aware of a variety of options in sermon form, including inductive, narrative and phenomenological preaching, while more acutely understanding the dynamics of the traditional deductive form,
  4. Identify more clearly the component parts of any sermon form and understand the significance of the parts to the final effectiveness of the whole,
  5. Understand that various sermon forms have relative strengths and weaknesses in communicating Law and Gospel in proper distinction, and
  6. Sense how sermon form may impact the delivery of the sermon.

Units of Instruction

  1. Why Even Think about Sermon Form?
  2. The Deductive Form
  3. Inductive Preaching
  4. Narrative Preaching: The Pure Story Form
  5. Narrative Preaching: The Homiletical Plot Form
  6. The Phenomenological Move Form

Pre-class Assignments

  1. READING (to the extent and depth the participant chooses) of the Allen and Fickenscher texts.
  2. SELECTION, after at least scanning the texts, of one sermon (in full manuscript) to be shared with the class as an example of sermon form. The sermon may demonstrate one of the options to be discussed in the course, or it may be a sermon for which the participant has no identifiable form in mind. It is anticipated that this sermon will be one the participant has previously prepared and delivered in a congregational setting. (That is, no one is expected to prepare a new sermon for this assignment.) As time permits, one or more class members will have opportunity to preach their sermon to the group.