Date of Award


Document Type

Major Applied Project

Degree Name

Doctor of Ministry (DMin)


Practical Theology

First Advisor

Dale Meyer

Scripture References in this Resource

Matthew 20: 1-16; Matthew 22:1-14; Luke 15:8-10; Luke l5:11-32; Psalm 33:9; Exodus 37: 1-14; Romans 1:16; Exodus 4:12; 1 Peter 1:23; James 1:18; John 17: 17; Romans 10:17; 2 Timothy 3:16; 1 Thessalonians 2:13; Ephesians 1:13; 1 Corinthians 1:21; 2 Corinthians 3:4-6; 1 Corinthians 1:23; 1 Corinthians 3:9; Romans 10:14; 2 Timothy 2:15; 2 Timothy 4:2; 2 Corinthians 4:2; Job 42:5


This project explored how illustrations function in sermons to facilitate the understanding and retention of Biblical truths. Personal interviews with members of the congregation and focus groups that evaluated sermons provided feedback and insights related to the effectiveness of illustrations in preaching. The researcher compiled responses from the interviews and the focus groups to draw some conclusions about how illustrations function most effectively in aiding comprehension and facilitating an effective hearing of the message. On the basis of this study the researcher offers recommendations that preachers may find helpful in using illustrations in their preaching.

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