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2022 Bible Teachers and Preachers (Advanced) Network

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Equipping Christian leaders to teach and preach God’s Word effectively

The church is always at its healthiest where there is a passion for the preaching of God’s Word.  Across the world there is a growing movement of church leaders and lay preachers who are committed to biblical, clear, engaging, and relevant Bible teaching and preaching.  This movement transcends denominations and brings together people with a passion to feed the church and spread the Gospel through effective presentation of God’s Word.

This year’s Bible Teachers and Preachers Network will again be split into two levels. Each level will incorporate the dynamics of a learning community to enable participants to learn together and grow together as Bible teachers.  Both levels are driven by a commitment to understanding not only the mechanics of Bible teaching and preaching, but also the theological heartbeat of effective ministry.  They will share a passion for practical training as well as a determination to understand the Word and expound it clearly, relevantly, and engagingly in our European context.  

All those who teach the Bible, (whether in a local church setting, on university campuses, or elsewhere, whether from the pulpit or not), are welcome to join us.  While the primary focus will be on pulpit preaching, the principles of handling and communicating the Bible will apply in multiple ministry contexts.  

The Advanced Track in 2022 will focus on preaching foundational narratives with a focus on Genesis.  It is for those who have either attended a previous European Bible Teachers and Preachers Network, participated in the Year-Round Mentoring Preachers track, a Cor Deo preaching course, or a Langham Preaching seminar in Europe. 

For those who have proven success in these areas and would like to be considered for the Advanced Network, please email ksaylor@euroleadership.org with a description of your background, experience in Bible teaching, and an explanation of why you would like to move up into the Advanced Network.

Prior preparation will be set for all applicants.

Applicants should be those who have either attended the European Bible Teachers and Preachers Network: Foundational Track or who have attended Langham Partnership Preaching conferences in their countries. The aim each year is to consider the challenges and opportunities presented by different biblical genres, building on the key skills gained in the Foundational Track.

Network Leadership

Andy Hamilton is originally from Northern Ireland but has lived in Italy for most of his life. Andy obtained a Master of Theology from Queen’s University Belfast through Belfast Bible College and a Doctor of Ministry degree in preaching at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He lives in the outskirts of Rome where he lectures at the Italian Evangelical Bible Institute (www.ibei.it) as well as being involved in church leadership. He is married to Ruth, and they have three children: Isaiah, Hollie and Joshua.

Network Speakers

Mike Chalmers works at Cor Deo as a mentor, and also with UFM as Short-term Mission Coordinator. Previously, he was a Staff Worker in Wales with UCCF. He enjoys preaching and discipling, and continues to support and encourage university students by speaking at training events and missions. Mike is an uncle to three nephews, a brother to one sister, and is married to Susana.

Andy Hamilton is originally from Northern Ireland but has lived in Italy for most of his life. Andy obtained a Master of Theology from Queen’s University Belfast through Belfast Bible College and a Doctor of Ministry degree in preaching at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He lives in the outskirts of Rome where he lectures at the Italian Evangelical Bible Institute (www.ibei.it) as well as being involved in church leadership. He is married to Ruth, and they have three children: Isaiah, Hollie and Joshua.

Peter Mead is the director of Cor Deo, a ministry training programme in Chippenham, England. He is also part of the leadership team of Trinity Chippenham, a church Peter helped to plant back in 2014.  Peter is a lecturer for Union School of Theology. He studied at Multnomah Biblical Seminary before getting his Doctor of Ministry degree under Haddon Robinson at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in the area of expository preaching. Peter is the author of Pleased to DwellLost in Wonder, and Foundations (Christian Focus) as well as The Little Him Book (10ofThose/10Publishing), and the preaching blog: BiblicalPreaching.net.  He is married to Melanie and they have six children.

Steve Mitchell is part of the leadership team at Cornerstone church in Swindon, a small church plant in the rapidly expanding north of the town. Steve is passionate about seeing God’s people equipped to share God’s Word no matter what context they are in. Previously, he worked in the IT industry and spent 4 months in Uganda with Mission Aviation Fellowship. Steve is married to Jackie and they have three adult children.

Pastor Jamie Rasmussen serves as the Senior Pastor of Scottsdale Bible Church in Arizona, reaching more than 6,000 people each weekend. He teaches with a unique combination of well-reasoned research, life experience, and authentic application. Having a driving passion for the local church, Pastor Jamie Rasmussen’s leadership style is both visionary and strategic. He has been an ordained pastor for more than 25 years and has also led growing churches in Michigan, Canada, and Ohio. Pastor Jamie Rasmussen serves on the Boards of Phoenix Seminary and United Pastors of Arizona. He travels extensively to Mexico, China, Tanzania, Egypt, Jordan, and Israel to take a pulse of needs and engage his congregation in meeting them. Jamie and his wife Kim have three adult children.

Network Programme

Sunday, 22 May

Genesis is the launch pad of the biblical story: the story of creation, the birth of the human race, the introduction of sin, the origin of the nation of Israel and the first steps of God’s plan of salvation. Grasping the message of Genesis is the basis for all that follows. In this session, we will introduce the purpose, structure and themes of Genesis and prepare to study through this book in the coming days together.

The Genesis narratives are theologically driven, historically accurate, and artistically sophisticated accounts. The book begins with four events that have a global impact: creation, fall, flood, and the tower of Babel. In this session, we will consider how to read and preach these stories with exegetical rigor, theological depth, and genre sensitivity.

Monday, 23 May

In this session, we will explore how the key themes of the book (descendants, blessing, and promise) unify and characterise this central section of Genesis. Seeing how these themes unfold will set us on the right track to preach these narratives. We will also discuss some of the challenges of preaching extended biographies (Abraham) and complex characters (Jacob), and consider how to overcome them.

In this session, we will work in small groups to evaluate the narrative art of the Abraham and Isaac on Mt Moriah story. How is the writer communicating the account in order to move his readers? How can we effectively preach this story in our context?

Tuesday, 24 May

The book of Genesis ends with the familiar story of Joseph. Yet we will see that throughout the Joseph story much attention is also given to Judah. In this session, we will trace the remarkable transformation in Judah’s life. We will see that he goes from being a man driven by personal gratification to becoming the key figure in uniting the fragmented family. Furthermore, his family line becomes the royal line of Judah that culminates in Christ.

When we preach any book of the Bible, our desire is to point our listeners to God’s gracious plan of salvation fulfilled in Christ.  So how can we preach Christ from the book of Genesis?  From the first glimpse of Gospel hope in Genesis 3:15, to the royal promise of Genesis 49:10, with so much to see in between.  It is just one book, but it is such a rich theological book that is well worthy of time in the pulpits of our churches.

Wednesday, 25 May

This combined session with both Bible Teachers Networks will offer a unique opportunity to hear and learn from Jamie Rasmussen as we bring questions to him about the plenary Bible teaching, as well as the rest of God’s Word too.

Preaching is not only about the message, but it is also about the context of the listeners.  In this final session, we will think together about preaching in a time of change – whether it is international turmoil, or local adjustment, change is at the heart of many seasons of church life.  How can we preach God’s Word in a way that will be heard by those who are living through uncertain times?  We will also use some of the session to conclude the week together.