Mentoring Programmes for…

Preachers/Teachers.                                 Learning NT Greek for teaching/preaching.                        Writers. 

Learning is a journey that may be eternal, but we have the privilege to start now...

The aim of these one year mentoring programmes is for me to walk with folk who feel that God has given them (i) a teaching gift or who have an aspiration to teach or (ii) an ability to write that they wish to develop. I want to elevate the gift of teaching and to walk with those who wish to develop their writing gifts.

I’m keen to affirm and coach preacher/teachers, in order to help them, as reflected in Ephesians 4:11, “equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ”. I’m also keen to coach writers and help them to become more practiced in their art.

What folk have said about the programmes...

Researching and constructing a talk is one thing in theory, but this programme allowed me to put into practice what I learned or already knew, especially as I had the opportunity to put it into practice in my own church. Carrying out book reviews enabled me to “read with a purpose”, something I have not done for some time.  I enjoyed the programme and liked the way it was laid out and structured. I would like to use something similar as I put together materials that I teach to others. I.M.

 

The course has been excellent and just what I needed. Not just in the teaching material but Keith has modelled in his own preaching, seminars, ZOOM calls etc, everything he was teaching and it has given me so much to reflect on, copy and implement. I have gained so many questions as I approach a passage including the context, details in the text (names of places for example) and people. I feel I have gained the confidence and tools to reach further into a passage and not simply be content with what appears on the surface. P.B.

 

The most significant thing I have learnt from discussions with Keith is that God trusts me to teach/preach what I think would be good.  This has been so helpful to me.  The asking of questions of the text before opening a commentary or thinking about other people’s ideas is now embedded in my thinking. Keeping God supreme in preaching is now so important to me – people are starving for the grandeur of God.  I have also learnt the importance of creating an expectancy of encountering God as people listen to His Word being preached. S.B.

 

It’s been a pleasure to do this programme. I’ve been stretched a little through the workbooks & videos (I consider them professional, well put together, deep without being too academic and put over humbly), inspired through the Masterclasses, impacted by the books I’ve read and consider the whole programme an excellent resource at a reasonable cost.  I would recommend the programme to others. T.C.


Thank you so much for your response to my sermon. It's great to have specific feedback and suggestions - which I will take on board. Learning so much. A.B.


I am thoroughly enjoying the books and streamed teaching. Could have done with this a few years ago... S.H.


Thank you so much for the time you invested in me over the last year. I have thoroughly enjoyed the journey and count it a privilege. I would highly recommend this programme to others. The Word & Spirit resources are excellent and have been a particularly enjoyable part of the programme. It's funny to think about it now, but I was more than a little nervous meeting you the first time, but then I began to look forward to our zoom calls and your written feedback, as I found both encouragement and gems of wisdom in them every time. I have learnt a lot about the investment in time that is needed to be a good steward of God's Word and being encouraged to read books that particularly look at Bible study has changed my approach to the Bible. Not only have I improved my Bible study methods but I don't read the Bible in the same way as before. I now come, ready with a pen every time, fully expecting to hear from God; I ask questions of the text that reveal so much more about both the divine and inspired authors. As a result of this programme, I now craft my sermon with the audience in mind, paying attention to ways I can paint literary pictures for my hearers that draw them into their own encounter with God. S.A.


I want to...

(i) help you leave your listeners and readers wanting more.

(ii) incentivise you in your preaching/teaching and writing.

(iii) raise your levels of expectancy, and in your listeners/readers, so that sermons/scripts become events when folk lean forward to engage with you rather than lean back to sleep.

(iv) enable you to enjoy the teaching and writing experiences – because it will do you and your listeners/readers good and God will be encountered in the process.

Elements in the programmes

For Pr/teachers and Writers…
  • Complete relevant Word and Spirit courses (Online, Streamed Access and Booklet). For Preachers/Teachers, they’ll be The Art of Preaching, God the Father  and  Encountering God in the Bible. Writers complete the latter course. 
  • Quarterly, have Zoom meetings with me.
  • Quarterly, read 1 of 4 assigned books and send a review for each.
  • Provide 2-4 sermons/talks/scripts (some filmed) with full printed notes for feedback.
  • Prepare a 6 month potential teaching programme or a writing programme.
  • Bi-monthly, complete a 1000-1500 words review on various issues.
  • Set 5 personal teacher/writer-related targets.
  • We will explore ways concerning the construction of sermons and literary scripts.
  • Join at least 3 Masterclasses.
The NT Greek programme will involve 1 or 2 meetings every month (via Zoom and/or pre-recorded masterclasses). I will assume no knowledge of NT Greek and will build from learning the alphabet to understanding how nouns and verbs are used, through to appreciating other aspects of Greek syntax, all of which is intended to enhance your teaching and preaching. Throughout, there will be practical learning opportunities and attention dedicated to showing how this programme can help you explore and explain truths of the Bible. A course book will also function as a partner to you in the process (The Elements of New Testament Greek, Jeremy Duff, Cambridge University Press, 2005, 3rd edition).

There will be a payment per person of £25 per month for 12 months (which includes all the above). Extra costs relate to the purchase of the assigned books to be read.

If you want further information concerning any of the above programmes, contact Dr. Keith Warrington (keith@wordandspiritonline.com).

How to get started

If you wish to participate, please sign up today using the button below, as there will be an inevitable maximum of partners per year! If you have any questions please contact us directly here or ring Dr. Warrington on 07543 651435.