Date of Award


Document Type

Major Applied Project

Degree Name

Doctor of Ministry (DMin)


Practical Theology

First Advisor

David Peter

Scripture References in this Resource

Genesis 17:7; Genesis 18:12; 2 Chronicles 30:10; Luke 8:53; Mark 5:40; Psalm 37:12-13; Psalm 59:8; Ecclesiastes 3:4; Genesis 21:6; Luke 6:21; Luke 11:12; Matthew 23:24; Matthew 16:18; Galatians 5:22; John 15:11; Romans 8:28; Jeremiah 31:13; 1 Corinthians 2:14; Zechariah 4:6; Romans 10:17; 1 Corinthians 1:23-24; Romans 6:1-2; 1 Corinthians 3:6; Ecclesiastes 5:25-29; 3 John 55:10-11; 1 Corinthians 3:9; Romans 1:16; 1 Timothy 4:16; 2 Timothy 4:2; 1 Timothy 4:12; Luke 24:48; John 15:11; Psalm 126:2


This project examined the effects that humor in sermons has on hearers, particularly how humor affects their understanding and retention of Biblical truths. After exploring humor's effects on listeners and which types of humor are more beneficial in the task of preaching through theoretical research, the data was investigated through the use of questionnaires, personal interviews with church members, and a focus group. After analyzing the participants' responses, the researcher developed a list of guidelines for the beneficial use of humor in his preaching. These guidelines offer suggestions that other preachers may find helpful in using humor in their sermons.

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