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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD THAT HAS PASSED THE END DATE: 

Prepare and deliver sermons 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
116757  Prepare and deliver sermons 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Christian Theology and Ministry 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 07 - Human and Social Studies Religious and Ethical Foundations of Society 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 4  NQF Level 04  10 
REGISTRATION STATUS REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE SAQA DECISION NUMBER
Passed the End Date -
Status was "Reregistered" 
2007-08-07  2010-08-07  SAQA 0160/05 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2011-08-07   2014-08-07  

In all of the tables in this document, both the pre-2009 NQF Level and the NQF Level is shown. In the text (purpose statements, qualification rules, etc), any references to NQF Levels are to the pre-2009 levels unless specifically stated otherwise.  

This unit standard does not replace any other unit standard and is not replaced by any other unit standard. 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
This Unit Standard will be useful to people who are involved or intend to become involved in some preaching capacity in Christian Churches

People credited with this Unit Standard are able to:
  • Determine sermon subjects and source and analyse material
  • Prepare sermons
  • Deliver sermons 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    Learners are assumed to be competent in Communication and Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 3. 

    UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    The following scope and context applies to the whole Unit Standard:
  • Alternative terms for "sermons" include: message, homily, address.
  • Assessment for this Unit Standard should include at least two sermons making use of different styles e.g. textual, narrative, topical, reflective, evangelistic, expository.

    Specific range statements are provided in the body of the Unit Standard where they apply to particular specific outcomes or assessment criteria. 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Determine sermon subjects and source and analyse material. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The appropriateness of subjects is explained in terms of prevailing factors. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Prevailing factors could include church calendar, issues of current interest or need, context, purpose of sermons.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Material relevant to the subject and provide information relevant to the subject are discussed with reference to relevant sources. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Sources to include at least: the Bible, Bible commentaries, a concordance and relevant literature. Sources could also include audio, video and new media.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The sermon purpose is clearly stated and is in keeping with the perspective of the faith community at hand. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Analysis provides sufficient information to ensure the effective preparation of the sermon is described with regard to different sermons. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Prepare sermons that are suitable to the learner's church and community context for a variety of different situations. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Sermon outlines are described in keeping with the sermon purpose. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The sermon content relevant to the subject and consistent with the sermon outline, exhibiting the characteristics of the selected sermon type and takes into account the level and context of the audience is described according to context. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Context refers to spiritual, economic, social, political and spiritual context
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The maintenance of the integrity of the resource material in keeping with the theological perspectives of the faith community is explained to reflect an accurate and holistic interpretation of the Biblical text. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Theological perspective may relate to recognised theologians, biblical scholars, denominational or cultural contexts.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The sermon is developed in a way that ensures the content engages the interest of the congregation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Basic hermeneutical and exegetical principles are explained according to their observance. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Language use is explained with reference to what is accessible and appropriate to the expected congregation, and in line with Christian principles. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    The structure of the sermon is explained according to the principle of good speech structure. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Good speech structure refers to the effective use of introduction, body and conclusions.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Deliver sermons. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    At least 3 sermons in different settings are assessed 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The sermon is delivered, reported on and critiqued using accepted criteria by various members of the congregation 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    The sermon should be critiqued by the learner, by a church leader and by members of the congregation
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The sermon is delivered within reasonable time-frames as is appropriate to the subject, context and audience. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The style and form of the delivery of the sermon is describe in line with accepted principles of effective communication. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Effective communication includes clear and proper pronunciation, modulation and variance of tone, pitch, pace and volume.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The sermon is delivered in keeping with the preparation and in line with the sermon purpose. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
    Providers of learning towards this Unit Standard will need to meet the accreditation requirements of the relevant ETQA.

    Moderation Option:

    The moderation requirements of the relevant ETQA must be met in order to award credit to learners for this Unit Standard. 

    UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    The following essential embedded knowledge will be assessed indirectly through assessment of the specific outcomes in terms of the stipulated assessment criteria. Candidates are unlikely to achieve all the specific outcomes, to the standards described in the assessment criteria, without knowledge of the listed embedded knowledge. This means that for the most part, the possession or lack of the knowledge can be inferred from the quality of the candidate's performance.
  • Biblical foundations for preaching
  • Sermon construction
  • Use of the Bible when preaching
  • Contextualisation of preaching
  • The spirituality of the preacher
  • Public speaking
  • Hermeunetics
  • Homiletics 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems using critical and creative thinking: confronting realistic problems through sermons 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively in a team using critical and creative thinking: working with people in the preparation and presentation of sermons 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage oneself and ones activities: sourcing, analysing, interpreting, planning, preparing sermons. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information: gather, analyse and interpret material and sermons. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively: delivery of sermons. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate the world as a set of related systems: understanding the impact of sermons on individuals and the faith community. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    Be culturally and aesthetically sensitive across a range of social contexts: appeal to people and present sermons in a culturally sensitive manner 

    UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    Assessors should keep the following general principles in mind when designing and conducting assessments against this Unit Standard:
  • Focus the assessment activities on gathering evidence in terms of the main outcome expressed in the title to ensure assessment is integrated rather than fragmented. Remember we want to declare the person competent in terms of the title. Where assessment at title level is unmanageable, then focus assessment around each specific outcome, or groups of specific outcomes.
  • Make sure evidence is gathered across the entire range, wherever it applies. Assessment activities should be as close to the real performance as possible, and where simulations or role-plays are used, there should be supporting evidence to show the candidate is able to perform in the real situation.
  • Do not focus the assessment activities on each assessment criterion. Rather make sure the assessment activities focus on outcomes and are sufficient to enable evidence to be gathered around all the assessment criteria.
  • The assessment criteria provide the specifications against which assessment judgements should be made. In most cases, knowledge can be inferred from the quality of the performances, but in other cases, knowledge and understanding will have to be tested through questioning techniques. Where this is required, there will be assessment criteria to specify the standard required.
  • The task of the assessor is to gather sufficient evidence, of the prescribed type and quality, as specified in this Unit Standard, that the candidate can achieve the outcomes again and again and again. This means assessors will have to judge how many repeat performances are required before they believe the performance is reproducible.
  • All assessments should be conducted in line with the following well documented principles of assessment: appropriateness, fairness, manageability, integration into work or learning, validity, directness, authenticity, sufficiency, systematic, open and consistent. 

  • UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    Definition of terms:

    Terms have been clarified as far as possible through the use of range statements. 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Elective  49057   Further Education and Training Certificate: Theology and Ministry  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2023-06-30  HW SETA 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
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    All qualifications and part qualifications registered on the National Qualifications Framework are public property. Thus the only payment that can be made for them is for service and reproduction. It is illegal to sell this material for profit. If the material is reproduced or quoted, the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) should be acknowledged as the source.