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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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2022 January

Preaching for Racial Shalom

Saturday 15 January, 10.30am | on-line, via Zoom

Workshop Leader: Dr John Woods

How can preachers talk about racial justice without being no more than an echo of The Guardian, Telegraph, New Statesman or The Spectator? What do preachers bring to the table, and when they get there what should they say and do? This workshop will seek to explore scriptural models of how to address the contemporary challenge of racial injustice.

Dr John 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.

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

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Preaching Lament and Hope

Tuesday 25 January, 10.00 | Cuthbert House, Durham

Workshop leader: Revd Dr Michael Beck

Life sometimes presents us with challenges, disappointments, and times of sadness. During the COVID pandemic and in adjusting to post-pandemic life, communities have been faced with all these things. There is a place for lament in our response to these circumstances, and other difficult times that people face but, as Christians, we are also called to preach a message of hope.

This workshop, led by Anglican priest Dr Michael Beck, will explore what we mean when we talk about lament - the theology of lament and the lament literature of the Bible, as well as how lament relates to sorrow. We will then consider how and when to preach lament, and how to find the right balance in our preaching between lament and hope.

Ticket prices: general, £25 ; ministry student, £20; lunch can be purchased as an optional extra, £7

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2022 February

Preaching for Lent

Wednesday 9 February, 13.00 | London (Mount Street) Jesuit Centre, London

Workshop Leader: Revd Dr Stephen Wright

How can we preach in such a way as to capture the essence and spirit of the season of Lent and share the Good News? In this workshop, we will look at how we can preach the themes and message of Lent in new and fresh ways.

The workshop will be led by the Revd Dr Stephen Wright. Dr Wright is Vice-Principal of Spurgeon's College and an experienced tutor in biblical studies and practical theology. He was formerly Director of the College of Preachers.

Ticket prices: general, £25; ministry student, £20

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Northwest Preaching Conference

Friday 11 February 2022, 9:00-16:30 | Nazarene Theological College, Didsbury

Run by Nazarene Theological College

Theme: The Present Preacher

Cost: £15 incl. lunch

For more information, contact Nazarene Theological College,

2022 March

Preaching the Resurrection

Saturday 12 March, 10.00 | on-line via Zoom

Workshop Leader: Revd Canon Dr Vicky Johnson

How can we preach the message of Easter in a way that is fresh and gets people's attention? How can our preaching about the resurrection speak meaningfully both to regular churchgoers and those who only attend for festivals and special occasions?

In this morning workshop for all preachers, Dr Vicky Johnson will explore how we can preach the resurrection in new and creative ways to communicate the message of Easter.

The workshop will be Led by 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.

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

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Using Psychology to Inform our Preaching

Saturday 26 March, 10.00 | Ripon College Cuddesdon, Oxfordshire

Workshop Leader: Revd Jennifer Brown

Psychology can help us understand how people process information and form attitudes. We can use the insights provided by psychology to inform our preaching in terms of the language that we use and how we present ideas to better connect with people and help them engage with the message of the sermon. This day-long workshop set in the beautiful surroundings of Ripon College Cuddesdon will explore some ideas from the field of psychology and how we can use them as a resource when writing sermons.

The Revd Jennifer Brown is Director of Training for the College of Preachers and a theological educator. She is currently researching a PhD in the Psychology of Religion.

Ticket prices (to include lunch): general, £40; ministry student £30

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2022 September

2022 Preaching Conference

Tuesday 6 - Wednesday 7 September 2022 | York

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.

Early bird prices (good for bookings before 5th March 2022):

standard: £115

The Preacher subscriber: £105

Ministry student: £105

Accommodation charged separately, B&B: £56; room only: £48

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