Bible Teachers and Preachers: Advanced

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2018 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 2018 will focus on preaching for change – how can preaching the Bible bring about transformation in the lives of those who hear us?  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.

Prior preparation will be set for all applicants.



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:  He is married to Melanie and they have six children.

Huw Williams worked for 12 years as a conductor, working with orchestras, soloists, singers, and ensembles across the world. He then made the transition to pastoral ministry and is currently the pastor of the International Church of Torino in Italy. He is a passionate advocate of clear and understandable Bible teaching, particularly in cross-cultural contexts. He maintains a keen interest in classical music and opera, and continues to support and encourage Christian musicians as they engage their Christian faith with their artistic environment. He is a husband to Alison and a father to Kitty and Clara.



Jerry Root is a Professor of Evangelism and Leadership at Wheaton College and serves as the Director of the Evangelism Initiative. Jerry is a graduate of Whittier College and Talbot Graduate School of Theology at Biola University; he received his PhD from the Open University. Jerry is the author or co-author of numerous books on C.S. Lewis, including The Surprising Imagination of C.S. Lewis: An Introduction, with Mark Neal, C.S. Lewis and a Problem of Evil: An Investigation of a Pervasive Theme, and The Soul of C.S. Lewis: A Meditative Journey through Twenty-six of His Best Loved Writings. Jerry is the co-author of The Sacrament of Evangelism and co-editor, with Wayne Martindale, of The Quotable C.S. Lewis. He also teaches graduate courses (MA in Evangelism and Leadership Program) and undergraduate courses (Christian Formation and Ministry Department) at Wheaton College. In addition, Jerry has been a visiting professor at Talbot Graduate School of Theology and Biola University from 1990 to the present. He and his wife, Claudia, have four grown children - all of whom are married - and thirteen grandchildren.


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.



Ovidiu Tiprigan is the training director of Veritas College Romania, an organisation that empowers churches to train their own leaders in biblical exegesis and preaching. He gained a bachelor's and a master's degree in theology. He is trying to help churches in Central and Eastern Europe to preach expository series through books of the Bible. He also teaches Bible seminars in such countries as Romania, Ukraine, Serbia, and Kosovo. 




Day 1

Preaching for Change    
Peter Mead

The story of the Bible is the story of a faithful God transforming the lives of faithless people.  We long for the story of our ministry to be the same.  What does it mean to preach for a change?  What options are available to us as we plan our preaching strategy? We will introduce and begin to evaluate various approaches that are used in preaching ministries for leading listeners into life change.

What is Man?
Peter Mead

Too much preaching is offered based on unquestioned assumptions about humanity.  If preaching is going to change people, then it is important that we understand how humans function.  In this session we will drill down theologically to consider God’s image in humanity, as well as the corruption of the Fall, and the implications for how humans work. 

Day 2

‚ÄčHow Lives Are Changed
Jerry Root

The Bible is a book of transformative power. Its words are life-changing. Nevertheless, the Scriptures can be used to abuse as well as for good. C. S. Lewis said, of all bad men, the worst of bad men are religious bad men. The sooner one is willing to die for the faith, perhaps he would be willing to kill for the faith, or paint a “Thus saith the Lord” across his own opinions. The prophet Ezekiel also warned of those false prophets who say, “Thus saith the Lord” when the Lord hath not said. How can someone biblically and faithfully preach the word for transformation?

The Scriptures are called “the Sword of the Spirit”. In part, preaching the Scriptures transformatively requires that the preacher understand what it means to be filled with the Spirit. This seminar sets forth how the preacher can be filled with the Spirit and how this is essential for good homiletics. If the Bible is to be preached transformatively, the ministry of the Holy Spirit must be active in the process. Furthermore, in Jesus’ Upper Room discourse he explains to his disciples that the ministry of the Holy Spirit is essential to their proclamational enterprise. This seminar will explore what Jesus meant regarding the Holy Spirit’s ministry in the life of his disciples as he deployed them.


Interview with Peter J. Williams (Combined with Advanced Track)
hosted by Peter Mead

Peter Williams is a top scholar with a real passion for people to hear and trust the Word of God.  This combined session with both Bible Teachers Networks will offer a unique opportunity to hear and learn from Peter Williams as he talks about the Bible and how we can help others to trust in what God has given to us!

Day 3

Transformational Preaching Exercise
Ovidiu Tiprigan

In this session we will work in groups to apply the lessons learned about transformational preaching to specific biblical passages and to our own contexts.  Together we will experience both the challenges and the richness of seeking to see God’s plan for change in the lives of our listeners.

Preaching for Change vs. Manipulation: What is the Difference?
Peter Mead

In our desire to see lives changed it is possible to stray over a line into the realm of manipulation.  What is manipulation?  How can we avoid it?  How can we make sure that our preaching ministry has an internal integrity that is appropriate for ministers of Christ?  

Day 4

The Anointed Preacher
Peter Mead and Ovidiu Tiprigan

When people speak of being changed by powerful preaching, sometimes they will speak of an anointing on a preacher.  What is going on spiritually in a preaching ministry that changes lives?  As a learning community we will consider various factors that feed into a spiritually healthy ministry.

The Preacher (Combined with Foundational Network)
Peter Mead, Huw Williams, and Ovidiu Tiprigan

Preaching is not only about the message, but it is also about the messenger.  In this final session we will engage with three different aspects of the life and ministry of the preacher, allowing what we hear to provoke our thinking as a learning community.  Finally, we will use some of the session to conclude the week and reflect on the journey we have been on during these days.



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