Let’s Start Preaching

An exciting new 8 week programme to help those who feel called to a ministry of preaching

  • Entry level – no previous qualifications needed
  • No formal assignments, but plenty of opportunity to take part
  • Exploring a wide range of preaching styles, reflecting the diversity of HEBA
  • Guest input from experienced preachers among HEBA churches
  • 8 sessions on Tuesday evenings from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. beginning on 30th April 2019 at City Road Baptist Church, City Road, Birmingham B16 0NE
    (no session on 28th May)
  • Cost for the whole course £80.00 per person

Booking form: here.


Lead Tutor – Rev Paul Campion, Shirley Baptist Church

Programme for each week

  • 7:15 to 7:30 - Arrival, registration, coffee
  • 7:30 to 8:30 - Teaching and discussion on the topic of the day
  • 8:30 to 8:40 - Short break
  • 8:40 to 9:10 - Guest talks and guided evaluation (first 4 weeks), and then opportunity for mini talks from course participants with guided evaluation
  • 9:10 to 9:30 - Concluding teaching and resources for further reading and preparation

Outline of course


30th April: What is preaching?

  • Simple definitions of preaching
  • Where do I begin?
  • Skills and character of the preacher
  • Diversity and circumstances of the congregation


7th May: Understanding the Bible text (1)

  • Authority of Scripture
  • Story and themes of Scripture
  • Styles of writing in Scripture
  • What does this passage say?

14th May: Understanding the Bible text (2)

  • A closer look at the Old Testament
  • A closer look at the New Testament
  • Translations of the text

21st May: Using Scripture today

  • From the world of the Bible to the world of today
  • Exegesis and application
  • Careful listening to Scripture, to yourself, to the world and to the church


4th June: Designing a sermon

  • Types of sermon
  • Structures of a sermon
  • Progression in a sermon
  • Impact of a sermon

11th June: Connecting with the congregation

  • The art of communication
  • The use of words
  • Visual images
  • Body language
  • Overcoming barriers

18th June: Listening to God in a noisy world

  • Speaking to the mind, will and heart
  • Bringing people to a place of spiritual encounter
  • Time to respond
  • Use of silence and spontaneity

25th June: Growing as a preacher

  • Developing your own understanding and thinking
  • Evaluating sermons by hearing from yourself and others
  • The preaching forum
  • Preaching which is on fire!