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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?

  • 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


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Study options

This unit is available to attend for personal development, 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.

  • Undergraduate: PC489i

  • Graduate: PC689i

  • Post-graduate: PC789i-4 & PC789i-6

( Please note that students enrolling for credit at undergraduate or graduate level will be required to attend additional lectures on Saturday 11th August.) 

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


Students who enrol for credit are required to complete pre-reading. This is optional for audit students, but encouraged!

Pre-reading information, including .pdf copies of all texts except for books, will be sent out to attendees individually upon registration. 



Cost to audit this intensive is $55 per day.

A discount is offered for those who attend the entire 5-day course, with a total cost of $250.


This unit is accredited by the ACT, as is charged at the same rate as other ACT subjects.

Please contact the Registrar to discuss enroling for credit, including academic requirements, pre-reading, eligibility for FEE-HELP, etc.


Refreshments including tea, coffee, juice and a light morning tea are included in the ticket price for all attendees.

A lunch cart is provided with many fresh, well priced choices, and barista coffee will be available to purchase from Alt + T Coffee

Kitchen facilities are available for those who prefer to bring their own lunch.

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