Harkening to the Sound: The Influence of a Clergyperson's Vocal Code on the Homiletical Message with Recommendations for Transplanted Preachers
Abell, Jesse W.
School of Theology Thesis 2020 , Homiletics , Clergyperson's voice , Bias on the sound of a voice , Foreign speaking preachers
In the field of homiletics, attention is given to structure, content, and delivery, but previous work has often neglected to consider how the sound of a clergyperson’s voice impacts the message the audience hears. In the quantitative segment of this project, a study was designed to examine how hearers make assumptions of preachers based on their vocal code, with findings suggesting that hearers do form biases based on the sound of a voice. The qualitative segment reports experiences from a dozen transplanted clergy. These findings are evaluated within a missional contextualization framework, resulting in suggestions for future clergy who are navigating significant demographic transitions.