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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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2024 June

Brevity, Soul, Wit: Preaching for schools, chapels & small groups

Thursday 13th June, 10.30-13.00 | online via Zoom

 

Workshop leader: Alycia Timmis

 

Whilst the mainstay of the preacher’s activity is preaching “at length” within the context of an extended service or gathering, there are times and occasions where the preacher is called upon to be brief and succinct – due to a range of unique circumstances, such as constraints of time and location, the nature and composition of the congregation/audience/listeners, and the need for spontaneous or improvised utterance. Homiletic agility should be a key component in every preacher’s toolbox. In this workshop, led by The Revd Dr (Mother) Alycia Timmis, participants will actively engage in the principle of “less is more”. We will fine tune skills of observation, improvisation and editing. Often, the response to being asked to preach in specialised gatherings (such as schools, chapels, care homes, coffee mornings, meetings, conferences, after-dinner speeches, parties and other social settings) is one of feeling the need to “dumb down” the content and message. This workshop will challenge this view with a more engaged approach of “skilling up” the preacher. As Shakespeare advises, “The readiness is all!” In this workshop, participants will have opportunities for sharing ideas, asking questions, and undertaking practical work.

 

Revd Dr Alycia Timmis is Priest-in-Charge of The Northleach Benefice, in the North Cotswolds, in the Diocese of Gloucester. She is also a scholar, writer and cultural historian. She holds an M.A. and Ph.D. from The Shakespeare Institute (Birmingham University), Stratford-upon-Avon - and she is the first African American to do so. She is a Fellow of the Folger Shakespeare Library (Washington, D.C., USA) and Associate Scholar of The Royal Collection Trust (Windsor Castle). Prior to ordination, she was a University Lecturer (Assistant Professor of Shakespeare Studies, New York University, USA), and a highly sought after Theatre Director, Acting Teacher and Drama Coach. Mother Alycia is proud to be a member of “Art + Christianity”, a community of academics, artists, clergy, and theologians who share a passion for the dialogue between art and Christian faith.

Book tickets: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/brevity-soul-wit-preaching-for-schools-chapels-small-groups-tickets-823808361987. When prompted, enter password Preach613

Ticket prices: general, £12; ministry student, £10

Booking closes 10th June 2024.

2024 July

Using personal stories in preaching

Saturday 13th July, 10.30-13.00 | online via Zoom

When is it appropriate to use personal stories in our preaching? How much of ourselves and our lives is it acceptable to reveal to a congregation? What if our stories involve others? Matt Allen will explore the pros and cons of autobiography when aiming to preach with authenticity. 

 

Matt Allen is the Blackburn Centre Lead Tutor at Emmanuel Theological College. He oversees the teaching in Preaching and Practical Theology. Prior to that he was the Director of Training in Blackburn Diocese and has been a parish Priest, including leading an Anglican-Baptist Local Ecumenical Partnership in Accrington. Matt is passionate about helping others develop their gifts for ministry. He is the co-author of The Present Preacher and is the Reviews and Resources Editor for The Preacher magazine.

 

Book tickets: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/using-personal-stories-in-our-preaching-a-preaching-workshop-tickets-690750572557. When prompted, enter password Preach713

Ticket prices: general, £12; ministry student, £10

Booking closes 10 July 2024.

Preaching with Confidence

Tuesday 23rd July, 10.30-13.00 | online via Zoom

 

Starting out as a preacher can feel daunting - how can I find the right words to say? How do I construct and deliver a sermon well? This workshop will explore how we can write and deliver sermons that are engaging, faithful to scripture, and relevant to our congregations. Ideal for those just starting out in preaching, this workshop will look at some of the basics of sermon writing and delivery.

 

This workshop will be led by the Revd Dr Jennifer Brown. Jennifer is the Director of Training for the College of Preachers and a parish priest in the Church of England's Oxford Diocese. She has ministered in both parish and chaplaincy settings, and has over ten years' experience as a theological educator.

 

Book tickets: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/preaching-with-confidence-a-preaching-workshop-tickets-823839434927.  When prompted, enter password Preach723

Ticket prices: general, £12; ministry student, £10

Booking closes 19 July 2024.

2024 September

Seeing is Believing: Preaching with Visual Art

Tuesday 3 September, 10.00-16.30 | Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, OX1 2PH

Workshop Leader: Alycia Timmis

 

For over 2,000 years, Christian scripture, beliefs and practices have found expression in visual art, as artists have rendered the Christian story and the Beauty of God in a variety of visual media. For centuries, religious images and icons have educated, inspired, comforted and challenged viewers to be “seers” as well as “believers”. As theologian Richard Harries notes, if we allow it, religious art, both ancient and modern, will “arrest the eyes, stimulate thought and lead the heart.” As such, it is also a rich resource for the preacher. Engaging with visual art will enhance our preaching and can also be a vivid means of connecting congregations to the words of scripture in more sensory and experiential ways. Making use of the Ashmolean Museum’s outstanding collection of European fine and decorative arts, particularly from early Italian Renaissance, this session led by The Revd Dr Alycia Timmis will explore the use of visual art in preaching the gospel – as source text, interpretation, inspiration, metaphor and guide. There will be time for viewing, reflecting, responding and sharing ideas.

 

Revd Dr Alycia Timmis is Priest-in-Charge of The Northleach Benefice, in the North Cotswolds, in the Diocese of Gloucester. She is also a scholar, writer and cultural historian. She holds an M.A. and Ph.D. from The Shakespeare Institute (Birmingham University), Stratford-upon-Avon - and she is the first African American to do so. Prior to ordination, she was a University Lecturer (Assistant Professor of Shakespeare Studies, New York University, USA), and a highly sought after Theatre Director, Acting Teacher and Drama Coach. Her preaching and teaching has been informed by her background and experience in Drama and Theatre Arts. As a specialist in homiletics, she has served as an adjudicator for a number of speech and preaching competitions (e.g., “Sermon Slam”, Cheltenham Christian Arts Festival, 2022), and is a regular contributor on this and other topics to national and regional radio.Mother Alycia is proud to be a member of “Art + Christianity”, a community of academics, artists, clergy and theologians who share a passion for the dialogue between art and Christian faith.

Book tickets: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/seeing-is-believing-preaching-with-visual-art-a-preaching-workshop-tickets-851542365137

Ticket prices: general, £75; ministry student £65 (ticket prices include lunch)

Booking closes 12 August 2024.

Exploring the Big Questions in Our Preaching

Thursday 19 September, 10.30-13.00 | Online via Zoom

Workshop Leader: Martin Little

Is there a purpose to the universe? If God is good, why does evil exist? Why do the innocent suffer? What is my place in the world? Life in a complex world forces us to confront big questions, many of which have a direct relationship to faith and our spiritual life. In this workshop, Martin Little will help us discover how we can we preach about the big questions so that our congregations can find the confidence to face and explore them for themselves and discuss them with others - even if there is no clear, easy answer.

 

This workshop will be led by The Revd Martin Little, Vicar of St John the Evangelist in the town of Highbridge, a small church in an area of significant social deprivation within the beautiful county of Somerset. Martin studied History of Art at The University of Edinburgh, and completed an MA in Theology, Ministry, and Mission at Cranmer Hall in Durham in 2017, where he was taught by the biblical scholar Professor Walter Moberly and The Revd Dr Kate Bruce. After a short-lived stint in banking, he spent ten years in youth and music ministry before ordination in the Church of England. Together with The Revd Jo Stobart, Martin is part of the initiative Grass Roots Theology, bringing free open-access theology days to locations around Somerset.

Book tickets: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/exploring-the-big-questions-in-our-preaching-a-preaching-workshop-tickets-690760622617. When prompted enter the password Preach199.

Ticket prices: general, £12; ministry student, £10

Booking closes 16 September 2024.

2024 October

Preaching from Luke’s Gospel

Tuesday 15th October, 10.30-13.00 | Online via Zoom

Workshop Leader: Neil Richardson

Luke's Gospel opens with Luke's claim to have carefully researched the information that he sets out. What does Luke mean when he says this, and how relevant is it to our preaching from his Gospel? Luke presents us with much that is familiar - the nativity story, the parable of the Good Samaritan, the story of Mary, sitting at Jesus' feet, while Martha is busy with household tasks, the parable of the Prodigal Son, Jesus' words from the cross to the penitent thief. This workshop will look at how we can use what is familiar (and what is less familiar) in Luke's Gospel to go more deeply into the themes that Luke highlights, such as concern for the outsider. This workshop will also consider those elements that Luke's Gospel shares with the other synoptics, and what is unique to Luke's account of Jesus' life, and how we can address these similarities and differences in our preaching.

 

The workshop will be led by the Revd Dr Neil Richardson, Methodist minister and former President of the British Methodist Conference, in which role he co-signed with Rowan Williams the Anglican-Methodist Covenant for Unity. Neil is a New Testament scholar, and former Principal of Wesley College, Bristol. He is the author of several works, including Love Answering Love: Praying Through the Bible.

Book tickets: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/preaching-from-lukes-gospel-a-preaching-workshop-tickets-690774724797. When prompted enter the password Preach151.

Ticket prices: general, £12; ministry student, £10

Booking closes 11 October 2024.

2024 November

Preaching for Advent & Christmas

Saturday 2 November, 10.30-13.00 | Online via Zoom

Workshop Leader: John Woods

Advent is a time of waiting, expectation, and hope. It is also a time for self-reflection and preparation for the coming of God's Kingdom. This workshop will explore how we can effectively discuss these themes in our Advent preaching, making connections with the Christmas story and the Christian belief that Jesus will return, bringing the Kingdom of God in all its fullness.

 

This workshop will be led by Pastor Dr John Woods. This workshop will be led by Dr John Woods. Dr Woods is the Training Director of the School of Preachers Trust. He has had four decades of experience in pastoral work in the UK and since 1993 has taught preaching in Latvia and other parts of Eastern Europe. He is the author of God is in the House.

Book tickets: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/preaching-for-advent-christmas-a-preaching-workshop-tickets-870911087507. When prompted enter the password Preach211.

Ticket prices: general, £12; ministry student, £10

Booking closes 28 October 2024.

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