Bible Teachers and Preachers: Foundational

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2017 European Bible Teachers and Preachers Network: Foundational 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. Driving both levels is a commitment to understanding the dynamics of biblical teaching and preaching, a focus on practical training to help in the task of understanding the Word and expounding it clearly, relevantly and engagingly, in our European context. It is our desire to be part of developing momentum in the biblical preaching movement across Europe.  We don’t want to simply run a Network track, but to grow relationships among a growing network of preachers and teachers across the continent.

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.  Prior preparation will be set for all applicants.



Peter Mead is the director of Cor Deo, a mentored study and ministry training program in Chippenham, England. Peter is on the leadership team of a church plant and teaches preaching at 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, Foundations, Lost in Wonder, and, and contributed in the area of preaching to the Ministry Essentials Study Bible. He is married, with 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.



Jim Cecy is a regular speaker at the European Leadership Forum. He serves as Senior Pastor-Teacher of Campus Bible Church in Fresno, California. Jim is also founder and President of JARON Ministries International, a training ministry for Christian leaders in the U.S. and abroad. He has a Masters of Divinity in Bible Exposition from Talbot Theological Seminary and a Doctorate of Ministry from Western Seminary. He is a conference and seminar speaker for hundreds of churches, schools, seminars, conference centers, Christian groups, and denominations in U.S. and abroad. Jim is the author of Mastering the Scriptures: A Self-Study Course in Effective Bible Study.  He has been married for almost forty-five years and has ten grandchildren and three foster-grandchildren.


Hélder Favarin is an evangelist, missionary and pastor. He is the founder of 180º Global/Festival 180º and the founding pastor of the church "Capítulo 29" in Granada, Spain. He is also a founding leader of RedTimoteo, a pioneer program for young evangelists in Spain and serves as a board member of Mission-Net, a European-wide youth movement and congress commissioned by the European Evangelical Alliance (EEA) and the European Evangelical Missionary Association (EEMA). Hélder is part of OC Global Alliance, an interdenominational missionary organisation, and a member of the young leaders leadership team of the Spanish Evangelical Alliance. He is the author of the booklet Algo Más (Something Else) as well as numerous articles. He holds degrees in business administration and theology, has a master’s degree from the London School of Theology, and is currently working towards a Doctor of Ministry degree in preaching at the Talbot School of Theology, Biola University. He has worked for a number of companies, including HSBC bank and General Motors, before devoting himself to full-time evangelistic, missionary, and pastoral ministry in his early twenties. Hélder was born in Brazil but also holds Italian nationality. He has lived in Brazil, Mexico, England, and Scotland, and he currently resides in Spain. Hélder is married to Ana, and they have four little children. 


John Lennox is Professor of Mathematics (emeritus) at Oxford University and Fellow in Mathematics and Philosophy of Science at Green Templeton College, Oxford. He is also an Associate Fellow of the Said Business School, Oxford University, and teaches for the Oxford Strategic Leadership Programme. He is also an Adjunct Professor of the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics. Professor Lennox is particularly interested in the interface of science, philosophy, and theology and his books include Against the Flow (on Daniel), Seven Days that Divide the World (on Genesis 1), Gunning for God (on the new atheism),Stephen Hawking and God (a response to The Grand Design) and God’s Undertaker: Has Science Buried God?. He has debated a number of prominent atheists, including Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, and Peter Singer. (



Simon Lennox spent two years working with young people in North Belfast after achieving a MA in theology at Oxford University (2008). During this time his passion for people, fitness, and business grew, leading him into private equity for four years with a focus on attracting investment into Eastern Europe to alleviate financial, social, and spiritual poverty. It was this grounding in business and its transforming impact on people that inspired Simon to pursue his passion for the health and fitness industry, and in 2014 he founded BreakFit – a whole-person fitness coaching service for local communities, schools, and businesses. Simon is passionate about helping people read and study the Bible. He is the Director of Innovation at Bible Study Fellowship ( with the specific role of developing Word in the City (, an in-depth bible study programme designed to help 20 to 40-year-olds of all backgrounds read the Bible, know God, serve the Church, and benefit the City. Simon is married to Amy and lives in Northern Ireland.



Day 1

The Pastor’s Bible  
Jim Cecy

The Bible is God’s instrument of change, transformation, and, above all, a revelation of His heart. We should expect that whenever the Bible is opened and faithfully taught, lives will be changed and transformed. This session will consider the importance of the Bible in the life of every disciple and the local church. How should the pastor/preacher approach the Bible in order to see transformation in their own life as well as in the lives of those who hear?

Shaping a Message
Huw Williams

How do we move from personal Bible study to preparing a message that is biblical, clear, engaging, and relevant to our listeners?  This session gives an overview of the steps from the study of the text to the shaping of the message. 

Best Practice: Word in the City
Simon Lennox

How do we get young adults who do not want to step foot in a church excited about studying the Bible? Simon will share the story of Word in the City, the new model of bible study recently launched in Europe by Bible Study Fellowship (BSF). BSF is a global, in-depth bible study programme with 1,100+ locations worldwide and over 500,000 members.  Word in the City ( is designed to help 20-to-40-year olds of all backgrounds read the Bible, know God, serve the Church, and benefit the city. 

Day 2

Sermon Evaluation
Huw Williams

Working in groups we will evaluate a sermon outline, implementing the lessons learned during the network to understand the message and strategically consider how to improve it so that it is more biblical, clear, engaging, and relevant.

Interview with John Lennox (Combined with Advanced Track)
hosted by Peter Mead

John Lennox is a renowned professor, Bible teacher and apologist.  This combined session with both Bible Teachers Networks will offer a unique opportunity to hear and learn from John Lennox as he talks about the Bible, ministry and life. 

Day 3

Preaching with Variety: Narrative, Poetry, and Discourse
Peter Mead

The Bible God has given us is overflowing with variety.  It was written by over forty authors, in three languages, on three continents, over a couple of thousand years, and yet is united by the Spirit into a single masterful work that points us to Christ.  The Bible is anything but dull.  The Bible God has given us is what you might expect from the kind of God we find in it: creative, diverse, and fully united.  It doesn’t remain aloof and abstract, but engages with real life in all its fullness.  This session looks at the main three types of literature in the Bible: narrative, poetry, and discourse. If we can rightly understand the types of literature, we can tap into their unique strengths to make our preaching the best it can be!

Sermon Exercise
Huw Williams

Working in groups we will take some short passages and work through the process of preparing a message. The pre-reading for the network will include a little bit of preparation work for this session so that we are not starting from nothing.  How does a passage lead to a main idea, and how can a message communicate that main idea effectively?


Day 4

Preaching the Bible Evangelistically
Hélder Favarin

Biblical preaching is not simply a matter of building up the church by instructing believers.  It is a ministry of proclaiming what God has done in Christ.  The Gospel should be at the centre of all true preaching.  Yet the idea of preaching evangelistically can be daunting.  How should we approach preaching the Bible to mixed audiences?  How should we seek to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ to a culture that rejects any notion of Scriptural authority?  This session will build our confidence in preaching the Gospel from the Bible.   

Where Do We Go From Here? (Combined with Advanced Track)
Peter Mead and Huw Williams

This session will be combined with the Advanced Track of the Bible Teacher and Preacher’s Network.  We will enjoy a brief sermon together and then reflect on the week we have shared.  What has been helpful?  Where do we go from here?  How can we move forward in our own preaching ministry, but also how can we help others in our own local contexts?  Together we will develop strategies to spread enthusiasm for biblical, clear, engaging, and relevant preaching of the Bible across Europe.



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