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.
Pastor No Mates
Thursday 11 October 2018
Lecture 1: The loneliness of the long distance pastor
Lecture 2: Handling resentment in ministry
Lecture 3: How to make friends with your leadership team
Pastor No Time
Wednesday 1 May 2019 - Book
(This is a repeat of the day held on 31 January)
Lecture 1: Time management for pastors
Lecture 2: The church that tries too hard
Lecture 3: How to have fun usefully
Thursday 13 June - Book
Lecture 1: Embracing obscurity
Lecture 2: Secret service
Lecture 3: The power of personal holiness
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.