Bible Teachers and Preachers: Foundational

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2018 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. 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.  Prior preparation will be set for all applicants.



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.


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.



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 the U.S. and abroad. In addition to other books and materials, he is the author of The Purity War: A Biblical Guide to Living in an Immoral World and Anger: The Worm in My Apple. Jim has been married for forty-five years and has thirteen grandchildren. Information about his materials, books and seminars is available at and and


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.



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 and a brother to one sister.


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).





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. 


Day 2

Sermon Exercise
Huw Williams and Mike Chalmers

Working in facilitated groups we will reflect on the learning of day 1 and apply it to a biblical text as we move from text to sermon.  

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

Peter J. 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

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 and Mike Chalmers

Working together as a learning community we will seek to reinforce the learning that has already taken place as we work with examples of the different genres introduced in the previous session.  How will a different genre of passion change the approach we take to shaping our message when we preach?  How can we make sure that the main idea is effectively communicated, and how can we be certain that God’s inspired genre influences the message we fashion?


Day 4

Preaching the Bible Evangelistically
Speaker to be announced

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?  In this session we will be given instruction and example which we will process in our learning community.

The Preacher (Combined with Advanced Network)
Peter Mead, Huw Williams, and Mike Chalmers 

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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