The final morning of the second year of residency was spent with first getting a rental car to drive up north with the family. After the car was secured I then met with my adviser for one more time before leaving the campus. Professor Michael Rogness reminded to me to call upon those who have worked in the past on a similar topic. He meant actually call them up. Academic people love to know someone else is interested in the work that they have accomplished.
So I will be making some phone calls and I expect that those conversations will lead me to more resources.
The working title for my thesis right now is, “Catechetical preaching as a purposeful part of faith formation in a congregation.”
I will need to define Catechetical preaching and identify how effective preaching of this sort would make an impact in the faith formation in the congregation.
Kyle Small has recommended I use a success case method for effectively evaluating the change this kind of preaching can bring to a congregation. So I will need to focus my idea, develop an impact model, identify 4-6 successful preachers and possibly 1-2 struggling preachers, conduct qualitative interviews, gather my findings and make recommendations.
I think developing the impact model and identifying the preachers for the case study will be the most difficult part of the success case method.