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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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2021 March

Looking for Meaning: Biblical Hermeneutics for Preaching

Wednesday 3 March 2021, 10.30 - 13.00 | via Zoom

Workshop leader: Rt Revd Dr John Perumbalath, Bishop of Bradwell in the Church of England diocese of Chelmsford and former Archdeacon of Barking.

Hermeneutics, how we interpret a biblical text or texts, is an important element in crafting a sermon. The way we interpret a passage can shape how we structure a sermon as well as the way in which we apply the text to our Christian life and understanding of the world. In this workshop, we will explore how to develop a hermeneutic that will aid in crafting sermons that bring biblical texts into meaningful conversation with contemporary life.

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

To book, please visit When prompted, enter the password Preach033

Speaking to a Distant Congregation: Preaching On-line

Wednesday, 24th March, 14.00-16.00 | via Zoom

Workshop leader: Darren Blaney, Baptist Minister & Preacher

Preaching to a congregation sitting in their own homes and watching you on a screen requires a different approach than preaching to a congregation gathered together with you in church. Drawing on lessons learned in his own preaching ministry during lockdown, Darren Blaney will explore how we can shape our preaching into effective on-line communication.

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

To book, please visit When prompted, enter the password Preach243

2021 April

Poetry of the Word

20 April, 10.00-12.00 | via Zoom

Workshop leader: Canon Dr Rod Garner, Anglican priest, writer, and theologian.

The heart of preaching is in part an engagement with beauty and truth and the ultimate source from which they both derive. Jesus and St Paul are both poets; the one is at home with parable, and the other revels in paradox. Their words move and inspire, and point to the graced possibilities of all human lives. Preachers are Christ's troubadours and words, the very best words, should form part of their armoury. In this workshop we shall explore why the right words matter. As St John Henry Newman insisted, 'with us a poetic view of things is a duty.'

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

To book, please visit

When prompted, enter password Preach204

2021 May

Making the Ordinary Extraordinary

8 May 2021, 10.30 | via Zoom

Workshop leader: 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.

This workshop will explore the power of preaching to transform us in season and out of season, and reflecting on how we, as preachers, can make ordinary time preaching extraordinary by weaving our preaching into the liturgy, being attentive to scripture, and open to creativity and transformation.

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

To book please visit When prompted, please enter the password Preach805