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14 CO201 Communicating Christ

Course Description

An introduction to the processes and skills necessary for effective communication, the transactional process of public speaking, and a variety communication methods.

Students will learn how to focus a topic by using question / response / discussion formats for communication rather than simply stating an idea. Students will also learn writing and speaking skills. They will be taught the principles of understanding and adapting to the audience, identifying the communication purpose, organizing discourse to accomplish that purpose, developing and supporting the main idea with specific data, and revising, practicing, and preparing multi-media communication to various audiences.

This course is a learn-by-doing experience. Students will receive feedback throughout the composing process and the planning-to-speak process, and then will deliver and publish final products. All the assignments are sequential and developmental, growing out of typical ministry opportunities. The course serves in the important task of training others to communicate the word of God faithfully. The course will offer the steps to follow in order to prepare and present various types of sermons.

Course Rational

Effective communication is one of the most important tasks of pastoral ministry of delivering God’s Word. This task is considered foundational to fulfilling the calling of God to the ordained ministry. The Apostle Paul illustrated the importance of proclamation in his charge to Timothy: “Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage, with great patience and careful instruction” (2 Tim 4:2).

Program Outcomes


CN-18 Ability to explain the basic theories in the art of communication, especially those that concern preaching and teaching.


CP-1 Ability to communicate effectively with cultural and contextual relevance.

CP-2 Ability to prepare biblical messages for effective and sound preaching and teaching.

CP-4 Ability to communicate the Gospel in biblical and relevant ways both in public and private settings.

CP-15 Ability to synthesize, analyze, and reason logically for discernment, assessment, and problem solving.

CP-17 Ability to think critically and communicate both gently and clearly the critical rationales of the Christian faith in postmodern, pluralistic, and multi-faith contexts.


CH-8 Ability to express humility, openness, righteousness, and honesty in all of one’s personal relationships.


CX-9 Ability to explain and effectively use missiological and cross-cultural principles to communicate the gospel in relevant ways in different contexts.

CX-10 Ability to identify and apply principles of cross-cultural communication.

Activity Outcomes


ADM-5 Demonstrate how to teach and equip the members of the congregation with the knowledge and tools needed to fulfill the mission of the church using the resources of all levels, boards, and auxiliaries with good stewardship and reporting procedures.

Continuing Education

CED-2 Identify the themes and teaching methods Jesus used and be able to use them in the church and community.


DIS-7 Identify holiness materials useful to congregations including classical Christian literature, audio, video (or other media) to assist their regular spiritual growth.

DIS-14 Prepare, organize, and deliver a biblically sound lesson or sermon using culturally sensitive techniques and skills.

Discipline Personal and Family

DPF-3 Explain how local family expectations impacts or shapes ministry in their culture, how their words and actions impact another person’s feelings of self-worth, and demonstrate a practical application that shows the Biblical understanding of the importance of the spouse and family.


EVA-2 Demonstrate praying for not-yet-believers, developing contact points with them, and intentionally building and modeling strong and honest relationships with them, and teaching others to do the same.

EVA-4 Demonstrate how to communicate evangelistically and to be engaged with and equip others in personal and congregational evangelism.

Impact Community

ICO-4 Tell several Biblical stories where the people of God made a positive or negative impact in the community. Explain the process and steps of organizing a culturally appropriate evangelistic outreach.


LEA-9 Identify and explain the essence of effective communication, variety of ways our communication can be misunderstood and how this impairs good communication, currently and historically, and the impact of emotion on communication.


PRA-1 Model the prayers of Christ and His relationship to the Father through a strong passion for a life of prayer shown by devoting time to prayer and keeping a prayer journal, including a list of lost people for whom God has made them responsible.


PRE-1 Identify the methods Jesus used to preach the gospel and use some of these to preach a sermon.

PRE-12 Describe how the student’s preaching has impacted or changed that student’s own life.

PRE-13 Explain how God communicated his word to humanity as recorded in the Bible and the place of preaching in this.

PRE-14 Demonstrate 5 different ways to organize and deliver a sermon for a culturally appropriate length of time and explain how to call people to respond in obedience or change in response to the truth of the sermon.

PRE-15 Explain how to use culturally appropriate stories to illustrate the key points of a sermon.

PRE-17 Demonstrate how to communicate orally and visually while adapting to the worldview, culture, sociological dynamics and trends of your audience.

Small Group

SMG-2 Demonstrate leading a small group and developing leaders for five different types of small groups, using a balance of activities in a culturally appropriate length of time and frequency of meeting.

SMG-5 Demonstrate how to develop lessons for a small group that enable them to apply God’s word and grow spiritually.

Content 16%
Competency 51%
Character 14%
Context 19%

Course Textbooks

Boone, Dan. Preaching the Story that Shapes Us. Beacon Hill Press, 2008.

Graham, Billy, Janine Tartaglia-Metcalf, Eugene H. Peterson, Maxie Dunnam, William H. Willimon, Elizabeth Achtemeier, John A. Huffman, David Busic, Haddon W. Robinson, Dr. James Earl Massey, Darius Salter,

Hesselgrave, David J. Communicating Christ Cross-culturally. Zondervan, 1991.

Marva Dawn. The Pastor’s Guide to Effective Preaching. Beacon Hill Press, 2013.

The Pastor’s Guide to Effective Preaching. Beacon Hill Press, 2013.

Salter, Darius L. Preaching as Art: Biblical Storytelling for a Media Generation. Beacon Hill Press, 2013.

Course Requirements

The local school’s attendance policy should be placed here.

  1. Bible Reading and Prayer Journal: Students should read through the Bible as designated in the Master Plan for Bible Reading in the Course of Study. For this course, students will read Job 37 – Psalm 59 and Romans 9 – 16. The focus of the Scripture reading and prayer time for this course is on students’ response to God’s call to love others. Sometime during each week, in response to what God is peaking to them about, students should determine one tangible way to express love to others. This may be a family member, a neighbor, friend, co-worker, or stranger. Students will then write at the close of the week at least one paragraph of 200 words reporting their experience and what God taught them through this experience.

(Outcomes CED-1, EVA-2, PRA-1)

  1. Small Group Reporting: At the close of each lesson, small groups will discuss questions relevant to the topic addressed. These topics may include how to communicate within the church and to unbelievers outside the church. Students will take turns leading the small group, being the recorder, and presenter to the class. The instructor and class can determine the topics of these discussions together.

(Outcomes ICO-4, PRE-1)

  1. Session Content Evaluation: The teacher will compose an assessment for each session. It will be given at the beginning of a session, and will cover material presented during the previous session’s lectures.

(Outcomes CN-18, CP-17, CED-2, DPF-3, LEA-9, PRE-1, PRE-13, PRE-14, PRE-15)

  1. Interview: Prepare a set of interview questions and then interview several people in the community. Especially look for not-yet-believers. Attempt to understand their context and values. Prepare an oral or written report about your experience and share it with the class.

(Outcomes CP-4, CH-8, CX-9, CX-10, EVA-2, EVA-4, HOL-6, ICO-4, PRE-17)

  1. Bible Study: Students will prepare and teach a small group Bible study from the Old Testament reading for this course and teach it to a group of people, either in his or her church, a ministry setting, or if necessary as a class presentation. This study may also be designed for young or children. The study should note the intended audience, lesson objectives or key ideas, an outline, supporting material (illustrations, stories, background material, Scripture citations), ending with a call to respond to the Bible passage.

(Outcomes CP-1, CP-15, DIS-14, PRE-17, SMG-2, SMG-4)

  1. Sermon: Students will prepare a sermon using the guidelines discussed in this course. The basis for this sermon will be the New Testament reading for this course. Students will be required to use good methodology in the preparation. Students will then preach the sermon to a live audience, either in a local church, ministry setting, or if necessary as a class presentation. Students may use different media as part of their sermon. Students will write a reflection about or present an oral report of their experience.

(Outcomes CP-1, CP-2, DIS-7, DIS-14, PRE-12, PRE-14)

Course Evaluation

Journal                                                           10 %

Small Group Reporting                                   10 %

Session Content Evaluation                            20 %

Interview                                                         20 %

Bible Study                                                     20 %

Sermon                                                            20 %

Grading Policy

A         90-100%

B         80-89%

C         70-79%

D         60-69%

45-59%  (Passable for the certificate level and toward the requirements for being ordained in the Church of the Nazarene)

If a student marks a final grade lower than 45% he or she must take the course again for credit at the diploma level

Course Outline

  1. Session 1 Why Communicate Christ Cross-Culturally?
  2. Session 2 Communicating in a Christlike Way
  3. Session 3 Living in a World That Is Multicultural
  4. Session 4 Understanding the Basics of Culture
  5. Session 5 The Gospel Culture and Communication
  6. Session 6 Understanding the Process of Communication
  7. Session 7 Why and Where Communication Goes Wrong
  8. Session 8 Developing effective writing skills (articles, blogs, etc)
  9. Session 9 Understanding Worldview
  10. Session 10 Aspects of Communication—Cognitive, Linguistic, and Behavioral
  11. Session 11 Aspects of Communication—Social, Media, and Motivational
  12. Session 12 Developing effective speaking skills (Sermons, podcasts, etc).
  13. Session 13 Case Studies and Practical Applications of Communication Insights
  14. Session 14 Session Reconciliation, Social Justice, and Celebration of One Gospel
  15. Session 15 Multimedia Communication Tools and their uses (Students learn how to use different multimedia as tools for effective and more engaging communication.)
  16. Session 16 Introduction to Audio Production
  17. Session 17 – 19 Hands on practice
  18. Session 20 – Project presentation