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Communicating for Ministry in a Distracted World

  • Presbyterian Theological College 684 Elgar Road Box Hill North, VIC, 3129 Australia (map)

PTC is pleased to announce our intensive unit for 2018, 'Communicating for Ministry in a Distracted World.'

We will be taught by Dr Arthur Hunt III (BRE, BA, MA, PhD), professor of communications and public speaking at the University of Tennessee, Martin.

Since his tenure at the University of Tennessee, Arthur has received a number of teaching awards, and has authored several books and publications.

We are looking forward to learning from Dr Hunt's expertise in this area; becoming better equipped to minister to a distracted world. 

 Dr Arthur Hunt III

Dr Arthur Hunt III

Unit Description

This subject provides students with an opportunity to explore, analyse, discuss, and apply ideas associated with media ecology, a sub-discipline of communication that considers how media affect perception, understanding, feeling, and value; and how our interaction with media enables or impedes human flourishing.  

Students will reflect upon how changes in technology impact their own lives and future ministries, especially the preparation and delivery of expository sermons.


Unit content

  • What is Media Ecology? (Terms and Scholars)

  • Marshall McLuhan’s Contribution to Media Ecology

  • Neil Postman’s Contribution to Media Ecology

  •  Media Impact from Moses to Martin Luther

  •  Media Impact from Modernity to Postmodernity

  • The Problem of Distraction Due to Electronic/Social Media

  • The Formation of Cultural Liturgies—Positive and Negative

  • How the Culture of Distraction Affects Audience

  • How the Culture of Distraction Should Inform Sermon Preparation

  • Sermon Preparation


Can't view the timetable? Click here for a pdf version.

Study options

This unit is available to attend for audit, or can be taken for credit towards a degree at any ACT affiliated college.

The unit is approved to teach at the undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate level.

  • PC489i
  • PC689i
  • PC789i-4 & PC789i-6

To inquire about enrolling in this unit for credit, please contact our registrar.


Registrations will open later in 2018. 

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