Based upon qualitative interviews with listeners and following the analytic methods of Grounded Theory this study presents an empirical theological theory of religious involvement. It enriches the field of preaching with the concept of getting religiously involved and its various stages: opening up to listen, dwelling in the sermon and actualising faith.
Theo Pleizier (1975) is a minister in the Protestant Church in the Netherlands and serves the parish church of Langerak zh. He also works as a researcher practical theology at the Protestant theological University. This study is his PhD-thesis.