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College of Preachers Events

Our public events and seminars are open to preachers of all denominations. The list below also includes events run by partner organisations.

We also run private events for churches and dioceses. See Training for more information.

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2021 April

Poetry of the Word

20 April, 10.00-12.00 | via Zoom

Workshop leader: Canon Dr Rod Garner, Anglican priest, writer, and theologian.

The heart of preaching is in part an engagement with beauty and truth and the ultimate source from which they both derive. Jesus and St Paul are both poets; the one is at home with parable, and the other revels in paradox. Their words move and inspire, and point to the graced possibilities of all human lives. Preachers are Christ's troubadours and words, the very best words, should form part of their armoury. In this workshop we shall explore why the right words matter. As St John Henry Newman insisted, 'with us a poetic view of things is a duty.'

Ticket prices: general, £7; ministry student, £5.

To book, please visit

When prompted, enter password Preach204

2021 May

Intercultural Preaching

Tuesday 4 May, 19.30-20.30 | via Zoom

Are we aware of how our own cultural experiences and worldview affect our reading of the Bible and our preaching? It is all too easy to fall into thinking that our experience is 'normal' and shared by everyone. But in reality, our experiences and understanding of the world are shaped by many factors, including race, socio-economic status, gender, denomination, and theology.

Only when we take time to hear and understand one another's cultural experiences and viewpoint can we truly recognise that we are part of a diverse global Church and unlock the wisdom that exists within the whole company of Christ.

Our panel of speakers will discuss what we mean when we talk about intercultural preaching, how we can share insights across cultures, and why intercultural preaching and dialogue are needed in the Church today.

This webinar is being offered free of charge, but booking is essential.
To book, please visit When prompted, enter the password Preach405

Making the Ordinary Extraordinary

8 May 2021, 10.30 | via Zoom

Workshop leader: Canon Victoria Johnson, Precentor, York Minster.

Vicky has taught liturgical studies and preaching to ordinands and curates across the North West, was a Trustee of the College of Preachers and remains a tutor. She has contributed regularly to the Preacher’s Companion and most recently wrote about the transformative power of preaching in ‘Holy Attention-Preaching in Today’s Church’, (2019), Edited by Frances Ward and Richard Sudworth.

This workshop will explore the power of preaching to transform us in season and out of season, and reflecting on how we, as preachers, can make ordinary time preaching extraordinary by weaving our preaching into the liturgy, being attentive to scripture, and open to creativity and transformation.

Ticket prices: general, £7; ministry student, £5

To book please visit When prompted, please enter the password Preach805

2021 June

Establishing Patterns for Good Preaching

Wednesday 2 June, 10.00-12.30 | via Zoom

Workshop Leader: Revd Canon Roger Spiller, Chair of Trustees of the College of Preachers and theological educator.
This workshop is aimed at those who have recently begun their ministry of preaching, whether lay or ordained, and those in training for ministry. The workshop will identify disciplines that support the preaching ministry, reframe our studies in biblical theology, assist us to develop a varied approach to preaching and keep us inwardly refreshed.
Ticket price: £5