This new volume in the SCM Research series argues that both preaching and Action Research are inherently exposing practices. They require a deep level of self-consciousness, and a willingness to hold oneself up to critique and comment. But at their best they are both formed within a deep and supportive critical community.
Applying a methodology rooted in Action Research as way of Doing Theology (ART), and drawn from the author's own research within a specific 'community of practice', The Naked Preacher demonstrates for preachers and ministers new ways to be critically and constructively self-aware. It also offers an important contribution for practical theologians with an interest in action research and critical reflection.
1. Action research: a messy business
2. Action research as a way of doing theology: is it an ART?
3 . Word Café: opening up communicative space?
4 . The Bible transforms the preacher: let those with ears hear
5 . Looking the congregation in the eye: the naked preacher
6. The visible preacher: finding a place to stand
7. The unfinished story: continuing to negotiate the insider–outsider terrain