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Bible Teachers and Preachers: Advanced

2020 European Bible Teachers and Preachers Network: Advanced Track

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 2020 will focus on preaching the Prophets.  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.  If a participant has not already attended one of these but has studied preaching or bible teaching at a seminary or bible school and has experience teaching regularly in a church, they can apply for the Advanced Track by emailing contact@euroleadership.org

Prior preparation will be set for all applicants.

 

NETWORK LEADER

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 Dwell,Lost in Wonder, and Foundations (Christian Focus) as well as Galatians and John's Letters(10Publishing), and the preaching blog: BiblicalPreaching.net.  He is married to Melanie and they have six children.

 

 

NETWORK SPEAKERS

Mike Chalmers works at Cor Deo as a mentor and administrator. 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. He is in his first year of study with Union School of Theology as part of one of their Learning Communities. Mike is an uncle to three nephews, a brother to one sister, and is getting married in the summer! 

 

Fraser Kay has been Pastor of North Swindon Baptist Church for the last 10 years. Before then he was teaching within Christian Education. While he did some basic seminary training in his early twenties, his main learning has been ‘on the job’ in the rigours of ministry. He and his wife, Casey, have been married 21 years and his bio would not be complete without referring to her faithful partnership with him in the gospel. They have 2 children, one of them in adulthood now. Fraser’s passion is preaching to see men and women behold Jesus Christ and his kingdom, being transformed as they grow in relationship with Him.

 

Andy Hamilton is originally from Northern Ireland but has lived in Italy for most of his life. Andy obtained a Bachelor of Divinity and a Master of Theology from Queen’s University Belfast through Belfast Bible College.  Following his studies Andy served as Youth Pastor of Scrabo Hall in Newtownards, Northern Ireland and was member of the steering committee of a discipleship and missions training programme called FirstServe (first-serve.org.uk). He currently lives in the outskirts of Rome and is involved in church planting in a town called Monte Porzio Catone. Andy also teaches and coordinates the distance-learning programme at I.B.E.I. (Istituto Biblico Evangelico Italiano – Italian Evangelical Bible Institute). He is married to Ruth, and they have two children, Isaiah and Hollie.

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

 

Michael Reeves is President and Professor of Theology at Union School of Theology in the UK. Previously he has been Head of Theology for UCCF and an associate minister at All Souls Church, Langham Place, London. He is the author of Introducing Major TheologiansWhy the Reformation Still MattersThe Unquenchable FlameThe Good God, and Christ our Life, co-editor of Adam, the Fall and Original Sin, and holds a doctorate in systematic theology from King’s College, London. He is married to Bethan, and together they have two daughters, Lucy and Mia.

 

NETWORK PROGRAMME

Day 1

Why Preach the Prophets?
Andy Hamilton

The Old Testament prophets played a critical role in revealing God’s plan of salvation. They occupy a significant portion of the Biblical canon similar in size to the entire New Testament. Despite this prominent position they are often ignored in most pulpits. We will explore the theological richness of the prophets and consider the importance of their message for the Church.

Understanding the Prophets
Andy Hamilton

Many preachers would agree with Luther’s assessment that the prophets “have a queer way of talking”. Their language is full of interpretative hurdles for the modern-day preacher. We will discuss some of these challenges that we face in interpreting the prophets and consider how to overcome them.

 


Day 2

How to Preach the Prophets?
Andy Hamilton

What are the traps to avoid when preaching the prophets? How to preach the prophets today with exegetical rigor, theological depth and pastoral sensitivity? How to preach the Old Testament prophets in a genre sensitive way? How can we exploit the rhetorical genius of the prophets? We will seek to answer these questions and therefore establish a methodology for preaching the prophets today.

Prophets Preaching Exercise
Andy Hamilton, Fraser Kay

In this session we will work as a learning community to further sharpen our ability to interpret and preach the Old Testament prophets. Together we will apply what we considered in the previous sessions to specific prophetic texts.

 


Day 3

The Wife of Yahweh: How the Prophets Enrich a Key Biblical Theme
Peter Mead

There are many themes and motifs that can be traced throughout the Bible.  In this session we will consider the great theme of God’s marriage with his people and how the Prophets take an earlier theme and enrich it.  We will consider various passages and the implications for our biblical theology, as well as for our biblical proclamation.

Preaching the Prophets
Andy Hamilton, Fraser Kay, Peter Mead

As we finish our time together as the Advanced Network, we will have a tradeshow looking at some practical aspects of preaching from this section of the Bible, as well as a final Q&A session to complete our time together.

 


Day 4

Interview with Peter Mead (Combined with Advanced Track)
hosted by Mike Reeves

As is our tradition, we will join together with the foundational network for an interview with the Forum plenary Bible teacher.

The Preacher (Combined with Advanced Network)
Mike Chalmers, Andy Hamilton, Steve Mitchell, Fraser Kay

For the final session of the week we will join together with the Foundational Network and consider a selection of subjects relating to the life and ministry of the preacher in our 21st Century European context.

 


 

 

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