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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Picturing the Word: Preaching in a Visual Culture
Thursday 23 June, 10.00 | on-line
Workshop leader: Revd Paul Burden
This workshop will consider how the visual might be used in communication while being realistic about what is practical for different settings. The workshop will explore what we think about our visual culture, and how the Church has used the visual to speak of God’s word through the centuries to consider both how we use visuals effectively in preaching and how we preach visually, using our words to create images.
The Revd Paul Burden is Director of Contextual Learning at Sarum College with 22 years in parish ministry. Paul specialises in preaching, human identity, mission and evangelism, leadership and worship. His research interests include homiletics, biblical studies; mission; leadership and self-care; and the leading of worship.
Ticket price: £35
This workshop is being run in partnership with Sarum College. For further details and to book tickets, please visit https://www.sarum.ac.uk/short-courses/picturing-the-word/.
Preaching within the liturgy
Thursday 23 June, 10.00 | Westminster College Cambridge
Workshop leader: Revd Dr Cally Hammond
In this workshop, led by the Revd Dr Cally Hammond, we will explore how the sermon fits into the wider context of the liturgy and how the liturgy can be used as part of our preaching.
Dr Hammond is a Church of England priest and the Dean of Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge. She is the author of 'The Sound of the Liturgy'.
Ticket prices: general, £35; ministry student, £30. Ticket price includes lunch.
Preaching from the Book of Revelation
Wednesday 27 July, 14.00 | on-line via Zoom
Workshop leader: Dr Rebecca Dean
This workshop, led by Dr Rebecca Dean, will explore preaching strategies for the Book of Revelation, focusing on two possible approaches. First, preaching with the aim of ‘decoding’ the text and providing clarity of meaning for contemporary readers; and second, preaching with the aim of retaining the mystique and other worldliness of the book. In considering these options, the workshop will draw on aspects of its historical and literary background, as well as situating our findings within the broader fields of biblical interpretation and use of the Bible within the Church.
Rebecca Dean is Lecturer in New Testament at Ripon College Cuddesdon. She has a bachelor’s degree in Theology from the University of Birmingham, and master’s and doctoral degrees in New Testament Theology from the University of Oxford. Her research interests include the portrayal of religious experience and dream-visions in the Acts of the Apostles, the function of storytelling within the New Testament, and the construction of authority and identity within (religious) communities. She is passionate about equipping people with the tools and the confidence to engage with the Bible for themselves, regardless of their academic ability or background.
Ticket prices: general, £10; ministry student, £7
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2022 Preaching Conference
Tuesday 6 - Wednesday 7 September 2022 | York St John University
In this two-day conference, we will explore through plenary talks and a series of workshops how preaching can be a pilgrimage - a holy journey - for both preacher and congregation.
The archbishop of York, the Most Reverend Stephen Cottrell will be the keynote speaker. Following the plenary sessions on day 1, delegates will have the opportunity on day 2 to take part in workshops led by experienced preachers. These workshops will offer the chance to think about the different journeys we can take in and through our preaching.
The Preacher subscriber: £115
Ministry student: £115
Accommodation charged separately, B&B: £56; room only: £48