The world is changing, churches are changing and the work of the pastor therefore is becoming more challenging. Rooted in Scripture, our pastoral study days give an opportunity to think through crucial areas of ministry together and to hear an experienced voice from outside your situation.

The days aim to revive the weary worker, to help the young pastor not feel overwhelmed, and to give the more seasoned minister new vision. One poet has written of our world: ‘One must think like a hero in order to behave like a merely decent human being.’ Just so, the pastoral study days seek to inspire and make us brave!

Our Director of Pastoral Support, John Benton, teaches these days. They are run at London Seminary and for groups of pastors around the country. To ask about hosting a study day at a location near you, get in touch. John is also available to speak on a range of other topics related to being a church pastor. You can find a list of those topics here.

Because John’s work is supported by generous giving, there is no charge for a pastoral day ‘on the road’. When we run them at the Seminary we charge £10 to cover the costs of refreshments and lunch. Please note that you must book your study day by the Tuesday of the week before it is due to occur. If you book after this, you will still need to pay £10, but may not receive lunch.

“Men and women never struggle so hard as when they struggle alone, without witness, counsellor or confidant; unencouraged, unadvised and unpitied.” 

Charlotte Bronte, Shirley, Chapter 11, para 1.


This year our three Pastoral Study Days are on the theme The Hard Stuff: Matters pastors tend to avoid

Difficult People

31st October 2019


Unresponsive Congregation

23rd January 2020


Church Discipline?

7th May 2020



Pastoral study days begin at 10:00 with coffee and finish by 15:30.

Please note that you must book your study day at least a week before it is due to occur.



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