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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 February

Preaching on and through music

Saturday 10 February, 10.30-13.00 | Online via Zoom

Workshop Leader: Vicky Johnson

Music is at the very heart of our worshipping life and has long been a means of proclaiming the Gospel; from the music of the psalter, to the gospel canticles, to the ‘psalms, hymns and spiritual songs’ sung by the earliest church communities. J.S.Bach, Charles Wesley, and Graham Kendrick all use music to communicate the faith and music runs through the life of the church and marks its liturgical seasons. This session, led by The Revd Canon Dr Vicky Johnson, will explore the use of music in preaching the gospel, whether to inform, enhance or enable our preaching and as a means of connecting congregations to the words of scripture in an experiential way. Canon Victoria Johnson is Precentor of York Minster where she oversees the worship and music of the cathedral. Prior to this she was a residentiary canon at Ely Cathedral combining missional and pastoral portfolios and a parish priest in Manchester. She has taught worship and homiletics for many years, is a trustee of the National Centre for Early Music and The Ryedale Festival and a member of the Mission Theology Advisory Group of the Church of England and the Archbishops’ College of Evangelists. She studied theology at Cambridge and specialised in Liturgy and Homiletics at the Institute of Sacred Music and School of Divinity at Yale, USA. She is currently writing on the theology of voice and researching models of evangelism shaped by liturgy, music and prayer.

Book tickets: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/preaching-on-and-through-music-a-preaching-workshop-tickets-689915304247?aff=oddtdtcreator. When prompted enter the password Preach210

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

Preaching at Funerals

Monday 12 February, 10.30-13.00 | Online via Zoom

Workshop Leader: Jennifer Brown

In today's world, many families want a funeral to be a celebration of the life of the departed. This workshop will consider how we can honour this wish and provide comfort to the bereaved in our funeral preaching while still clearly proclaiming the resurrection hope of the gospel.

The workshop will be led by the Revd Dr Jennifer Brown. Dr Brown is the Director of Training for the College of Preachers and a parish priest in the Church of England's Oxford Diocese, and has more than a decade's experience as a theological educator.

 

Book tickets: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/preaching-at-funerals-a-preaching-workshop-tickets-690026246077?aff=oddtdtcreator. When prompted enter the password Preach212

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

Out of the Shadows: preaching the women of the Bible

Saturday 17 February, 10.00-16.00 | Community of the Resurrection, Mirfield

Workshop Leader: Liz Shercliff

From the Israelite women and Pharaoh's daughter saving the life of the infant Moses, the heroic Deborah, Judith, and Esther of the Hebrew scriptures, to the more than 25 women mentioned by name in the New Testament, women are present and often play key roles in the events recorded in the Bible. So why don't we hear about them very often in sermons? What difference would it make to our understanding of the Church and the relationship between God and his people if the women of the Bible featured more in our preaching? This workshop will look at some of these women's stories, how we can preach about them, and why it matters that we do so.

This workshop will be led by the Revd Liz Shercliff. Liz Shercliff is on the staff of the Luther King Centre, Manchester, where she is responsible for chaplaincy programmes and teaches biblical and preaching courses. She was until recently Director of Studies in the Diocese of Chester, and is an occasional lecturer at Emmanuel Theological College and The Nazarene Theological College. She is author of Preaching Women: Gender, Power and the Pulpit, The Present Preacher (with Matt Allen), Straw for the Bricks (with Gary O'Neil), and, with Kate Bruce, Out of the Shadows: Preaching the Women of the Bible. She is also a regular contributor to The Canterbury Preacher's Companion.

Book tickets: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/out-of-the-shadows-preaching-the-women-of-the-biblea-preaching-workshop-tickets-690141811737?aff=oddtdtcreator

Ticket prices: general, £50; ministry student, £45 (includes lunch)

2024 March

Preaching the events of Good Friday as seen through the women’s eyes

Saturday 9 March, 10.30-13.00 | Online via Zoom

Workshop Leader: Liz Shercliff

Preaching the Events of Good Friday as Seen Through the Women’s Eyes

Jesus is, naturally, the focus of Good Friday. But through what lens are we focusing? When we hear the story of Good Friday, the encounters with Jesus that are related to us and the perspectives from which the events are seen are often those of the men in the story - the male disciples, the Roman soldiers, the crucified thieves, and Pilate. How would our own perspective on the events of Good Friday change if looked at from the perspective of the women who were there? This workshop will look at Good Friday through the eyes of the women and consider how the insights from this perspective can inform our preaching on and about this important day in the Church's year.

This workshop will be led by the Revd Liz Shercliff. Liz Shercliff is on the staff of the Luther King Centre, Manchester, where she is responsible for chaplaincy programmes and teaches biblical and preaching courses. She was until recently Director of Studies in the Diocese of Chester, and is an occasional lecturer at Emmanuel Theological College and The Nazarene Theological College. She is author of Preaching Women: Gender, Power and the Pulpit, The Present Preacher (with Matt Allen), Straw for the Bricks (with Gary O'Neil), and Out of the Shadows: Preaching the Women of the Bible (with Kate Bruce). She is also a regular contributor to The Canterbury Preacher's Companion.

Book tickets: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/preaching-the-events-of-good-friday-as-seen-through-the-womens-eyes-tickets-690196043947?aff=oddtdtcreator. When prompted enter the password Preach309

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

The language of resurrection

Monday 11 March, 9.30-14.00 | Gladstone’s Library

Workshop Leader: Rod Garner

How are preachers to speak meaningfully of the Resurrection in a time where informed opinion is ' led by the science', and many lives are troubled by a quiet desperation concerning humanity's future? 

Where are the words, images, and the silences between them to be found that honour scripture and tradition while also exploring new ways of conceiving the future hope that flows from the resurrection of Christ? 

This workshop is for preachers wishing to engage with such questions in a secular age. Preparing for Holy Week and Easter provides the fitting, even urgent context, in which teaching and faithfulness to the word of God can be  enriched by the fruits of theology and the creative imagination.

This half-day workshop will be led by Rod Garner, Anglican priest, writer and theologian. Rod has served in four urban parishes and taught at colleges and universities in the UK and America. He is an Honorary  Fellow at Liverpool Hope University and Emeritus Canon of Liverpool Cathedral. The author of numerous books, including biographies of St John Henry Newman and Josephine Butler, his most recent publication is Outsiders: Marching to a Different Drum (Liverpool Hope University Press 2022). His research interests have included theories of atonement, and the role of the urban church in the 21st century. He is a Tertiary Member of The Order of the Holy Paraclete. 

Book tickets: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-language-of-resurrection-a-preaching-workshop-tickets-690232242217?aff=oddtdtcreator 

Book tickets: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-language-of-resurrection-a-preaching-workshop-tickets-690232242217?aff=oddtdtcreator

Ticket prices: general, £40; ministry student, £37.50 (includes lunch)

2024 April

Connecting OT & NT in our preaching

Saturday 20 April, 10.30-13.00 | Online via Zoom

Workshop Leader: Philip Jenson

Many sermons on the New Testament make little or no reference to its foundation in the language and theology of the Old Testament. Preachers often find it even more difficult to relate the Old Testament to the New Testament and to the church today. This workshop explores two helpful ways in which preachers can connect the two Testaments and open up how God is at work both in the past and the present. One approach is through a fresh appreciation of the imagery and archetypes of the Bible. Another is through a sophisticated approach to the Grand Narrative of Scripture that acknowledges both the radical changes throughout the Bible, and the vital significance of every stage of the story. The workshop will emphasize interpretation rather than technique, but will include opportunities for dialogue, questions, and practical work on selected texts.

Philip formerly taught Old Testament at Ridley Hall, Cambridge. He is passionate about demonstrating the relevance and excitement of the Old Testament for Christian faith today. He considers that in doing this it is essential to recover a robust Biblical Theology, the discipline that seeks to relate the message of the whole Bible to the present day. These interests are evident in the topic of the workshop, as well as in several Grove booklets that he has written.

Book tickets: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/connecting-the-old-new-testaments-in-preaching-a-preaching-workshop-tickets-690737433257?aff=oddtdtcreator. When prompted enter the password Preach420

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

details tbc

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

Exploring the Big Questions in Our Preaching

Thursday 19 September, 10.30-13.00 | Online via Zoom

Workshop Leader: Martin Little

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

details tbc

2024 October

Preaching from Luke’s Gospel

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

Workshop Leader: Neil Richardson

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

details tbc

Booking for Summer and Autumn 2024 workshops will open in March

Issue 192: Learning Preaching

Features

Learning in Practice

By Christopher Burkett

The Spiritual Discipline of Preaching

By Catherine Williams

Learning to preach

By Rob Esdaile

Learning to Prepare to Preach

By Matt Allen

 

Sermons

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