African American Preaching and The Power of Story: Black Sermon as Dynamic Discourse

October 15, 2018 - November 9, 2018

An Online Class



Oct. 15-Nov. 9, 2018


African-American preaching tradition holds gifts that can benefit proclaiming scripture in all faith communities! Join us for this online course that will explore the essential elements of Black sermonic style through examining the power of story and sacred oral engagement.

The class will be self-paced and available for participants to engage with the instruction at their own convenience, i.e., offered asynchronously.

Upon completion of this class, you will:

  • appreciate more fully the deep cultural roots and complexity of the Black sermonic form;
  • be closer to discovering your own sermonic voice;
  • understand oratorical tools/skills in the Black preaching style; and
  • have familiarity with an analytical framework for the appraisal of Black sermons.


Brian J. Wells, Director, Doctor of Ministry Program, PTS



  • Simmons, Martha. Doing the Deed: The Mechanics of 21st Century Preaching


  • Callhan, Dwight. The Talking Book: African Americans and the Bible
  • LaRue, Cleophus. Rethinking Celebration: From Rhetoric to Praise in African American Preaching
  • McMickle, Marvin. Preaching to the Black Middle Class
  • Mitchell, Henry. Celebration and Experience in Preaching
  • Moss III, Otis. Blue Note Preaching in a Post-Soul World: Finding Hope in an Age of Despair
  • Thomas, Frank.  They Like to Never Quit Praisin’ God

Registration / CEUs

Fee: $100; Maximum enrollment 15

CEUs: 1.0; Certificate provided upon request


Questions about this class can be sent to [email protected] or made to 412-924-1345.