Hope for Psychology-integrated Preaching: The Hope-based Dynamic Spiritual Assessment Model Open Access

Andrews, Matthew (Spring 2018)

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Preaching is the most popular medium of pastoral care in congregations, thus demanding dedicated attention to effectively meet actual congregational needs. Even though the field of psychology could contribute to this effective care in preaching, it currently plays a minuscule role in sermon creation among many pastors, according to a recent survey of seminary preaching classes. Hope for bridging this interdisciplinary divide between psychology and preaching lies in Peter Yuichi Clark’s Hope-based Dynamic Spiritual Assessment Model. Both accessible to pastors and implicit in current preaching approaches, this model gives a psychological lens in which to understand the spiritual state of congregants as well as the necessary pastoral response through preaching. Teaching this model, its benefits, and contextual application to pastors has the potential to not only introduce psychology-integrated preaching but also provide a much-needed tool for more balanced, empathetic, and effective preaching.

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