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'Preaching from the pews': A case study in vulnerable theological leadership

Ian A. Nell
Verbum et Ecclesia | Vol 36, No 1 | a1376 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ve.v36i1.1376 | © 2015 Ian A. Nell | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 15 August 2014 | Published: 30 April 2015

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When explaining vulnerability as a theme for the conference of the Societas Homiletica, the organisers referred to two ways in which the concept can be interpreted. On the one hand, it can refer to preachers themselves as vulnerable people, subjected and accountable to other people. On the other hand, it can refer to the fact that preachers are often called to preach about difficult and challenging aspects of life and faith. In this sense, preachers speak on behalf of those who are vulnerable and in need of attention. In this contribution, both understandings are at play when the researcher takes a closer look at the sermons that were preached as part of a project known as the


Vulnerability, preaching, preacher, leadership, hope


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