The College of Preachers have announced a number of workshops being held during June and July 2024.

The College of Preachers are a network of preachers drawn together by a shared belief that good preaching matters. Their members come from many different Christian denominations and traditions. We exist to help encourage, equip and refresh preachers in their preaching ministry, through resources, events and training.

Their public events and seminars are open to preachers of all denominations. The list below also includes events run by partner organisations.

Brevity, Soul, Wit: Preaching for schools, chapels & small groups

Thursday 13 June, 10.30am – 1.00pm | online via Zoom

Workshop leader: Alycia Timmis
There are times and occasions where the preacher is called upon to be brief and succinct – due to a range of unique circumstances. In this workshop, led by The Revd Dr (Mother) Alycia Timmis, participants will actively engage in the principle of “less is more”. We will fine tune skills of observation, improvisation and editing. In this workshop, participants will have opportunities for sharing ideas, asking questions, and undertaking practical work. Revd Dr Alycia Timmis is Priest-in-Charge of The Northleach Benefice, in the North Cotswolds, in the Diocese of Gloucester. She is also a scholar, writer and cultural historian.
Ticket prices: general, £12, ministry student, £10.
Booking closes 10 June 2024.

Using personal stories in preaching

Saturday 13 July, 10.30am – 1.00pm | online via Zoom

Workshop leader: Matt Allen
When is it appropriate to use personal stories in our preaching? How much of ourselves and our lives is it acceptable to reveal to a congregation? What if our stories involve others? Matt Allen will explore the pros and cons of autobiography when aiming to preach with authenticity. Matt Allen is the Blackburn Centre Lead Tutor at Emmanuel Theological College where he oversees the teaching in Preaching and Practical Theology.
Ticket prices: general, £12, ministry student, £10.
Booking closes 10 July 2024.

Preaching with Confidence

Tuesday 23 July, 10.30am – 1.00pm | online via Zoom

Workshop leader: Jennifer Brown
Starting out as a preacher can feel daunting – how can I find the right words to say? How do I construct and deliver a sermon well? This workshop will explore how we can write and deliver sermons that are engaging, faithful to scripture, and relevant to our congregations. Ideal for those just starting out in preaching, this workshop will look at some of the basics of sermon writing and delivery. The Revd Dr Jennifer Brown is the Director of Training for the College of Preachers and a parish priest in the Church of England’s Oxford Diocese.
Ticket prices: general, £12, ministry student, £10.
Booking closes 19 July 2024.

Further details and links to book tickets for all the above workshops are available on the College of Preachers’ website: A discount can be obtained on the workshop cost by using code OCF15 when booking on Eventbrite.