Occasional Preachers - Pilot Course (Autumn 2021)

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The Occasional Preachers course is being piloted in Autumn 2021. It is an 8-session course and will be running between September - December.

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Many Lay People preach occasionally but have not enjoyed the opportunity to spend time exploring what it means to preach scripturally, to review and/or adapt their delivery for a clearer and more powerful exposition of God’s word, or perhaps consider the place of contemporary application of biblical texts that is both corporate and personal.

In just eight sessions, plus a full day of practical preaching experience, the occasional preachers’ course will give a taste of the historical and doctrinal narrative of the bible and how we can preach with authenticity, confidence and clarity.

This ‘taster’ course is suitable for those wanting to try their hand at preaching with their incumbent’s supervision prior to accessing the Introduction to Theology course for LLM training, and is also suitable for those wishing to remain occasional preachers. It is not intended as a refresher course for Licensed Lay Ministers/Readers who are directed, instead, to the stand alone Art of Preaching events.

The 8 sessions of the Occasional Preachers course will cover:

  1. Biblical Studies (OT)
  2. Biblical Studies (NT)
  3. Growing in Faith: Paul’s Epistles
  4. Discipleship: Stages of Life
  5. Preaching or Teaching?
  6. Spirituality
  7. The Art of Preaching I
  8. The Art of Preaching II

The sessions will take place online, via Zoom, on Tuesday evenings between 7.00pm-9.00pm. Please see the course dates below:

Sessions Dates:

1 - 28th September 2021

2 - 5th October 2021

3 - 12th October 2021

4 - 19th October 2021

Half-term - 26th October 2021

5 - 2nd November 2021

6 - 9th November 2021

7 - 16th November 2021

8 - 23rd November 2021

Delivering Homilies (in-person study day) - 4th December 2021

Registration for this course is now open, please book your place by clicking on ‘Register’ above.

Please be aware that there are limited spaces available on this course, book now to avoid disappointment.

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Across the Anglican Diocese of Leeds there are plenty of exciting opportunities to grow in faith as well as to develop skills to serve God and his people. These range from one-off events to more sustained courses. The Lay Training Team comprises the Director of Lay Training (Hayley Matthews) and four Lay Training Officers who cover the five Episcopal Areas: Sharon Bavington (Bradford), Angela Hannafin (Leeds), Mandy Aspland (Huddersfield and Wakefield) and Julia Robertson (Ripon).

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