Short Courses

Ecumenical Preaching Course

R1 500.00 (if paid upfront by mid-January)
Duration & Time: 
12 two-and-a-half-hour sessions, every 3rd Saturday, from January to December
R1 800 (if paid in two tranches: mid-January & mid-June) /// R250.00 per individual session (if not attending the entire course)


The Ecumenical Preaching Course is the fruit of an ongoing collaboration between the Theology Department at St Augustine College (Roman Catholic) and a number of other Christian church leaders, preachers and academics, including Anglicans, Presbyterians, Methodists, Baptists, Dutch-Reformed, Pentecostals, Charismatics and those representing African Initiated Churches.

The course has been designed in such a way that it brings together the riches of our different denominational traditions in the service of both current and future preachers. An ecumenical team of instructors will facilitate the once a month sessions, each of which will consist of a more theoretical introduction and a longer interactive part during which preaching skills will be practised under the supervision of a qualified tutor. Every month participants will be provided with necessary learning materials specific to the focus of a given session. Throughout the course, each participant will have an opportunity to present at least one  sermon, on a prescribed topic, and receive feedback from the instructor and the group. Each session has its own focus, and can thus be taken on its own. However, participants are strongly encouraged to register for the entire course (12 sessions), as it has been designed as a comprehensive training covering all essential aspects of the art of preaching.

Download the official COURSE BROCHURE.


The course is presented in 12 two-and-a-half-hour sessions,
every 3rd Saturday of the month from January 2020 till December 2020.





18 Jan 2020

Spirituality of the Preacher
and Preaching as a Spiritual Practice

Dr Annemarie Paulin-Campbell (RCC)

15 Feb 2020

Historical Survey of Preaching I:
From the New Testament to the Middle Ages

Rev Prof Graham Duncan (UPCSA)*

21 March 2020

Historical Survey of Preaching II:
From the Renaissance to the Present Day

Rev Prof Graham Duncan (UPCSA)*

18 April 2020

Evangelisation and the Ministry of Preaching

Rev Vusi Vilakati (Methodist)

16 May 2020

Preaching as Communication

Fr Russell Pollitt, SJ (RCC)

20 June 2020

Biblical Preaching

Rev Dr Douglas Torr (Anglican)

18 July 2020

Doctrinal and Catechetical Preaching

Rev Dr Mongenzi Guma (Anglican)

15 August 2020

Liturgical and Sacramental Preaching

Dr Sr Judith Coyle, IHM (RCC)

19 Sept 2020

The Homily

Fr Martin Badenhorst, OP (RCC)

17 Oct 2020

Contextual and Prophetic Preaching

Rev Zwai Mtyhobile (UPCSA)*

21 Nov 2020

Preaching to Seekers in a Digital Age

Rev Dr Johan Geyser  
& Mr Ettienne Booysen (Mosaïek)

19 Dec 2020

Preaching in Ecumenical and Interfaith Contexts

Dr Nontando Hadebe (RCC)

* The Uniting Presbyterian Church in Southern Africa


Course Design and Presenters

The course was designed primarily by Prof Jakub URBANIAK, Dr Sr Judith COYLE IHM, and Fr Moses THABETHE, and is presented by AN ECUMENICAL TEAM OF PREACHERS with proven theological qualifications and pastoral experience.

Please deposit the amount into the St Augustine Bank Account. Kindly reference your deposit with your SURNAME and the name of the Course (eg. Ecumenical Course). Please email your deposit slip to:

Name of Bank: Standard Bank of South Africa
Account Holder's Name: St Augustine College of South Africa
Address of Bank: 258 Beyers Naude Drive, Black Heath, Northcliff, Johannesburg
Account Number:  02 251 79 28
Branch Code: 006305


For more details, please contact Helen Hartwig on
or 011 380 9000.


Online registration form