The Witnessing Community: Cultivating Face-Attentive Learning Environments for In-Class Sermon Feedback

Authors

  • Amy McLaughlin-Sheasby

Abstract

Preaching courses customarily involve elements of public performance and evaluation that stir deep feelings of anxiety and dread among student preachers. This article considers a concept from intercultural communication theory called facework, which is concerned with mitigating perceived face threats for the purpose of optimizing student receptivity to critical feedback. This article explores facework in relation to the development of classroom environments and proposes an ethic of bearing witness as a means by which instructors can shape classroom relationships and tend to the theological formation of preaching students. The article concludes with a review of a student survey, reflecting on the implementation of face-attentive pedagogical practices during in-class sermon feedback.

Published

2021-12-01

How to Cite

McLaughlin-Sheasby, A. (2021). The Witnessing Community: Cultivating Face-Attentive Learning Environments for In-Class Sermon Feedback. Homiletic, 46(2), 6-19. Retrieved from https://www.homiletic.net/index.php/homiletic/article/view/5220