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Bible Teachers and Preachers: Advanced

2021 Bible Teachers and Preachers Advanced Network

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 2021 will focus on preaching the epistles with a focus on 1 Peter.  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.

 

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 The Little Him Book (10ofThose/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 also with UFM as an 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. Mike is an uncle to three nephews, a brother to one sister, and married Susana last summer!

 

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.

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).

 

Peter J. Williams is the Principal and CEO of Tyndale House, Cambridge. He was educated at Cambridge University, where he received his MA, MPhil, and PhD in the study of ancient languages related to the Bible. After his PhD, he was on staff in the Faculty of Divinity, Cambridge University (1997–1998), and thereafter taught Hebrew and Old Testament at Cambridge University as Affiliated Lecturer in Hebrew and Aramaic and as Research Fellow in Old Testament at Tyndale House, Cambridge (1998–2003). From 2003 to 2007 he was on the faculty of the University of Aberdeen, Scotland, where he became a Senior Lecturer in New Testament and Deputy Head of the School of Divinity, History, and Philosophy. Since 2007 he has been leading Tyndale House, and he is also an Affiliated Lecturer in the Faculty of Divinity in the University of Cambridge. He is a member of the Translation Oversight Committee of the English Standard Version of the Bible. Most recently he has been assisting Dr Dirk Jongkind in Tyndale House’s production of a major edition of the Greek New Testament.

 

NETWORK PROGRAMME

Day 1

An Introduction to 1 Peter – A Letter to the Suffering Unwanted

Peter Mead

The first epistle of Peter is a goldmine of biblical insight for the suffering church in any age.  But what was the original situation?  Who were the recipients of this letter?  Why were they unwanted, and repeatedly so?  What was the nature of their suffering?  In this session we will introduce 1 Peter and prepare to study through this epistle in the coming days together.

 

Preaching the Epistles in a Genre Sensitive Way

Andy Hamilton

The epistles often feel very familiar to us preachers.  The content is familiar, and the logical argumentation of the epistles can feel very similar to our systematic theology reading.  But epistles are a specific genre with specific ways of achieving the goals of the original author.  How can we read and preach the epistles so that we maximize their genre-specific strengths?  What does it mean to preach an epistle well?


Day 2

​Celebrating Salvation in a World of Suffering (1 Peter 1:1-2:10)

Peter Mead

The greatest antidote to the pain of suffering in this world is the joy inexpressible that comes from grasping the wonder of our salvation.  In this session, we will consider the opening of the epistle as the great apostle showcases the wonder of the gospel and the privilege of the believer to be built into the building of God’s people.  Together we will reflect personally on the blessing of being His at a time like this.

 

Preaching Submission in a My Rights World (1 Peter 2:11-3:12)

Andy Hamilton

The subject of submission is not a comfortable subject in our contemporary culture.  The subject of submission is even more complex when submission comes in the context of suffering.  In this session, we will consider how Peter identifies believers in Jesus with their Lord, the submissive sufferer.  Together we will work on outlining a text within this section.


Day 3

Exhortation Amidst Suffering and Preaching Complex Passages (1 Peter 3:13-4:11)

Peter Mead

Preaching is never far from exhortation, but exhortation requires a certain sensitivity when our listeners are hurting.  Just to add to the complexity, Peter includes some interpretationally difficult content at this point in the epistle.  In this session we will wrestle with the twin values of biblical accuracy and pastoral sensitivity.  Together we will work on developing support material for sensitively preaching complex passages.

 

Instruction for Living and Leading in a World of Suffering (1 Peter 4:12-5:14)

Andy Hamilton

Peter finishes his epistle with powerful and practical instructions for life, as well as some targeting training for leaders too.  How can we as leaders among God’s people learn from this epistle as we serve in the midst of suffering?  What character does God’s Spirit seek to generate in us?  Together we will prayerfully respond to Peter’s epistle as we conclude our study.


Day 4

Interview with Peter J. Williams (Combined with Foundational Network)

hosted by Peter Mead

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

 

Preaching in a Context of Suffering (Combined with Foundational Network)

Mike Chalmers, Andy Hamilton, Steve Mitchell

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 context of suffering – whether it is a global pandemic, local tragedy, or the hard grind of normal life. How can we preach God’s Word in a way that will be heard by those who are hurting?  We will also use some of the session to conclude the week together.

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