Forest Community Church preaching course starts this Saturday!

A few weeks ago, I announced our church’s preaching course, to run through November 2019. Now we’re rapidly approaching the first of the three sessions, which will be on the morning and afternoon of Saturday 2nd November. (See the original post for the full schedule.)

Here’s are the details!

Who should come?

If you’re interested in preaching, or in leading small-group studies, or just in thinking more clearly about what the Bible says, then Tim and I hope to give you lots to think about — but more than that, lots to actually work with. We’ll do this with a mixture of presentation, discussion, Q-and-As and workshopping.

If you’re wavering over whether it’s for you, then come. That’s the only way to find out if it is for you. (And if you find you’re not enjoying it, you can always quietly disappear at lunch time.) You might be thinking that you might start preaching a few years from now, and this course has come too soon for you. Come anyway: it’s never too early to start wrapping your head around the ideas, and it’ll stand you in good stead down the line.


Forest Community Church, 2 Parragate Rd, Cinderford, GL14 2LY.

Start and finish times

Due to bad planning on the part of the international governing body for rugby union, England play South Africa in the final of the Rugby World Cup at 9am on the morning of Saturday 2nd November. So we’re going to watch the final at the church and push the start-time back a little.

So come a little before 9am if you want to watch the rugby, or arrive by 11am if you don’t care about rugby.

We’ll go for two hours in the morning session, through till 1pm, then take an hour for lunch. Then from 2pm we’ll go again for two to three hours, depending on how much time we need. So we will finish some time between 4pm and 5pm.


We’ll pop out to Lidl and get some bits and pieces for lunch — bread, cheese, salad — then bring it all back to the church and eat together. (Unfortunately we can’t cater ahead, as we don’t know how many people are coming). So bring a couple of pounds to chip in.

What to bring

You will need:

  • Plenty of paper to take notes on.
  • Something to write with.
  • A Bible — or more than one, if you’d like to compare translations.

We will deliberately not be providing handouts, because when people have them, they invariably spend all their time looking ahead to see what’s coming next instead of concentrating on what’s happening right then! But we encourage note-taking, because the act of taking a note is often the best way to help an idea stick in your mind.

Just to encourage you, there are 45 points in the outline of what I hope we will cover on Saturday. In the broadest terms, after an introduction to preaching, there’s lots and lots on preparing a sermon, broken down into principles, structure, and a walk through my own method. (In the next session, we’ll talk about delivering what you’ve prepared.)

Hope to see you there!

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