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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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2020 September

The Value of Preaching in Ministry - FULLY BOOKED

Thursday 17 September, 11.00-13.00 | via Zoom

A workshop with the Rt Revd John Pritchard, former Bishop of Oxford

What is the role of the sermon in today's Church? As our society become more visual, where information is delivered in 240 characters, people want to be moved by the experience of worship, and truth is often felt to be relative, what is the value of preaching in ministry?

The Rt Revd John Pritchard, former Bishop of Oxford and author of numerous books on the Christian faith, prayer, and ministry will explore this very important question, looking at the value preaching still brings to ministry and how we, as preachers, can preach with confidence, knowing that what we are offering remains an important and valuable part of ministry today.


Preaching to a Re-formed Congregation

Monday 21 September, 14.00-16.00 | via Zoom

Led by the Revd Dr Michael Beck

As we emerge from lockdown, churches are again gathering for public worship, but in circumstances that can feel very different from what was familiar before the pandemic. This workshop will explore how our preaching can facilitate the rebuilding of our congregations as communities, providing hope and encouragement as we learn to worship together in new ways.

Michael Beck is a retired Anglican Priest and a tutor with the Lindisfarne College of Theology, where he teaches preaching. He holds a doctoral degree in preaching and has over 30 years’ experience of parish and chaplaincy ministry. 

Tickets are £5. To book, please go to

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Festival of Preaching: 2020 Virtual Festival

Tuesday 29 September, 10.00-16.15 | via YouTube

From organisers of the Festival of Preaching: a one-day, online festival. A mix of short sermons, how-to sessions, music and poetry, we hope the day will inspire your preaching in these challenging times.

Speakers include: Mark Oakley, Sam Wells, Anna Carter Florence, Pádraig Ó Tuama, Martyn Percy, Joanna Collicutt, and Malcolm Guite.

Tickets are £25, or £10 for The Preacher subscribers.

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2020 October

Preaching in a Time of Crisis - FULLY BOOKED

Thursday 1 October, 13.00-15.00 | via Zoom

A workshop with the Rt Revd Prof Tom Wright, former Bishop of Durham

We have all been living through a time of crisis as the world has sought to manage the COVID-19 pandemic, the press and politicians warn of difficult economic times ahead, and many are now talking of a climate crisis. We cannot close our eyes to the problems the world is facing, and yet Christians are called to preach Good News. How can we do that in a time of crisis? How can our preaching both challenge and reassure people by helping them to see God at work even in dark times? Join us as New Testament scholar, theologian and former Bishop of Durham, Tom Wright, helps us to explore these questions and look at how we can be effective preachers in a time of crisis.


Preaching During COVID-19

Saturday 3 October, 15.00-17.00 | via Zoom

Workshop leader: Revd Dr Paul Johns, Methodist local/lay minister

COVID-19 has made its home among us. For how long? We don’t know. With what consequences? We’re still discovering. What and how do we preach in these times? The word to be preached is the gospel of Jesus, but it needs to be preached in context. COVID-19 is a big context. This seminar is an opportunity to look at some biblical texts and themes in that context, to exchange insights and so enrich each other’s preaching. 

Tickets: £5

To book please visit

When prompted, enter the password Preach310.

Preaching Advent to Epiphany

Tuesday 6 October, 10.30-15.00 | via Zoom

Workshop leader: Revd Canon Dr Christopher Burkett, Director of Ministry, Diocese of Chester and Editor of The Preacher

The liturgical seasons of Advent, Christmas and Epiphany together make what is generally referred to as 'Christmastime.' For many people, this is the only time of year that they will attend church services. For regular churchgoers, the readings and stories of these seasons are familiar and well known. In this workshop, Dr Christopher Burkett will explore ways that we can keep our seasonal preaching fresh and new, meaningful to those who we regularly see in the pews and at the same time engaging and inviting for those who come to church only at this time of year.

Tickets: £10

To book visit

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Preaching on Healing in the Time of COVID-19

Tuesday 13 October, 14.20-16.30 | via Zoom

Workshop leader: Revd Prof Helen Leathard, retired Anglican Priest, Pharmacologist and Trustee of the Guild of Health & St Raphael

What do we mean when we talk about ‘healing’ and a theology of healing? What place is there for preaching about healing in the midst of a pandemic? This workshop will look at ways we can speak confidently of healing and wellness offered in Christ, providing hope without giving false hope.

Tickets: £7

To book visit

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