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.
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.
Upcoming pastoral days (at London Seminary) are:
‘Who does the pastor think he is?’
Thursday 30 November 2017
Lecture 1: What is church leadership?
Lecture 2: The pastor as husband
Lecture 3: The pastor as parent
While being practical about the pastor as husband and parent in the family, the study day will also tie this to the kind of church leadership that the New Testament envisages.
‘That fool in the pulpit!’
Thursday 8 March 2018
Lecture 1: Why preaching?
Lecture 2: Preaching in a therapy culture
Lecture 3: The call to the ministry?
The aim of this study day is to address the current drift from the centrality of preaching, which has multiple roots.
‘Pastor – are you seeing things?’
Wednesday 13 June 2018
Lecture 1: Vision for a local church
Lecture 2: Leaders people follow
Lecture 3: Encouragement for small churches
The aim of this study day is to encourage pastors (especially of smaller churches) that they do have a future and there is a way forward.
Pastoral study days begin at 10:00 with coffee and finish at 15:30.
Please note that you must book your study day at least a week before it is due to occur.