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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.

2020 February

North West Preaching Conference 2020

Friday 7 February 2020, 09.30-16.00 | Nazarene Theological College, Dene Road, Manchester, M20 2GU

Cost £12

The North West Preaching Conference 2020 will focus on preaching and identity. Speakers include Revd Canon Dr Vicky Johnson, Revd Glen Marshall and Revd Liz Shercliff.

To book, please visit

Exploring Matthew’s Gospel: preaching the lectionary in Matthew's year

Tuesday 11 February 2020, 10.0016.00 | Ludlow Mascall Centre, Shropshire

Workshop leader: Neil Richardson

Cost: £12 (no lunch) / £17 (incl. lunch)

How can we, as preachers, most effectively share the good news as it is presented in Matthew’s Gospel? Join us to explore how we can engage with gospel in our preaching to present his message in a fresh and engaging way.

To book please go to:

2020 March

The Wondrous Story: Preaching from Palm Sunday to Easter

Wednesday 4 March 2020 | Sarum College, Salisbury

Workshop Leader: Revd Paul Burden, Director of Contextual Learning and Coordinator for the Sarum Centre for Formation in Ministry.

This workshop, run in association with Sarum College, will explore how we preach the Easter story in a fresh and engaging way.

For more information and to book a place on this workshop, please visit

Theology Slam 2020 | Live Final

Thursday 26 March 2020, 19.00-21.00 | St John's Hoxton, London

What does theology have to say to our culture’s biggest questions?
Hear three of the UK’s best up-and-coming young theologians, selected from a broad pool of entries, as they bring essential reflections to some of the most pressing issues of our time.

For more information and to book tickets: 

Theology Slam is a collaborative event between SCM Press, Church Times, LICC, and The Community of St Anselm.

2020 May

Preaching from the Prophets

Saturday 2 May, 12.00-16.00 | Gladstone's Library, Hawarden

Workshop leader: Wendy Kilworth-Mason

Cost: £27 (includes lunch)

Who were the prophets and what was their role?  How can we faithfully draw from the teaching of the Prophets in our preaching today? In this workshop, we will explore what the Prophets of the Old Testaments have to teach us and how we can communicate their wisdom in our preaching. 

The Revd Dr Wendy Kilworth-Mason originally trained as a schoolteacher. Following postgraduate studies at Duke Divinity School and Florida State University and a brief period of teaching, she became a mission partner.  She has taught at colleges and Universities in five countries on three continents. Ordained in Kenya in 1998, she is a Methodist presbyter who has served in three overseas appointments and in several Circuits of the British Methodist Connexion. She has a particular interest in preaching the Old Testament.

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Four weddings, a funeral and a christening

Wednesday 13 May, 10.00-16.00 | Mount Street Jesuit Centre, London

Workshop leader: Duncan McPherson

Cost: £10 (lunch not provided for this event - please bring a packed lunch)

In our increasingly secular society, the only time some people attend a church service is for a wedding, christening or funeral. How can we, as preachers, use these opportunities to share the gospel in an engaging and effective way?

In this workshop, the Revd Dr Duncan MacPherson will look at how we can use these preaching opportunities to connect with those who have chosen the church to mark life's significant events.

Duncan is a Roman Catholic Permanent Deacon and is the Features Editor of The Preacher. He taught Theology for many years at Saint Mary’s University, Twickenham. His publications include “The Splendour of the Preachers” (2011) and “The Pilgrim Preacher” (2005).

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2020 June

Preaching at the Occasional Offices

Wednesday 24 June | Sarum College, Salisbury

Workshop leader: Revd Paul Burden

Cost: £70 (includes lunch)   £60 if booked before 24th May 2020

Occasional Offices such as weddings and funerals give a privileged opportunity to preachers to speak into important moments in people's lives.

This day will discuss this privilege, and how as preachers we honour the situation, the people present and the God who calls us. Using some case studies, we will think about how expectations today are changing around such times, and how we communicate good news in a way that is authentic and appropriate. The aim will be to excite preachers about this aspect of our ministry.

This event is being run in collaboration with Sarum College. For further information or to book please contact Alison Ogden,  |  01722 424826