Planning a Preaching Programme

52 weeks in a year….66 books in the Bible…

So what will you preach on this Sunday morning?

And every Sunday morning of the year? (and maybe every Sunday evening as well!)

A PREACHERS’ WORKSHOP to help you plan your preaching

  • factors determining what you preach
  • providing a balanced diet for your congregation
  • preaching to Christians and non-Christians
  • single sermons and sermon series
  • outlines and examples

and much more!

Peter Grainger, Director of 2 Timothy 4 shares from 40 years of preaching, most recently as Senior Pastor of Charlotte Chapel from 1992 – 2009.

Preparing to Preach

Thinking about preaching? Just starting out? Needing some fresh ideas?

Peter Grainger, senior pastor of Charlotte Chapel in Edinburgh for 17 years and now Director of the 2 Timothy 4 Trust which is dedicated to strengthening Scottish preaching, will help you explore and experience the process of preparing a sermon.

This workshop was filmed in Charlotte Chapel in Edinburgh in November 2017, and has been run on numerous occasions not only in Scotland and the UK, but also in other places, ranging from South America, Europe and the Far East, as well as the two colleges in Edinburgh where Peter teaches preaching – Edinburgh Theological Seminary and Faith Mission Bible College.

The sermon exercise near the conclusion of the workshop can accessed here, and the full set of PowerPoint slides are available here.

Feedback much appreciated – email

Peter Grainger at Resurrection 2016

The Trust’s Director, Peter Grainger, delivered a narrative sermon as a part of the Origin Scotland event “Resurrection 2016” this Easter at the Usher Hall. He concluded with the hymn “Abide with me” which is based on the same story as recorded in scripture. Take a look at the video below or you can read the script here.

See more 2 Timothy 4 Trust video.

Don Carson: Preaching John’s Gospel

We’re pleased to be able to share the video of Don Carson’s very helpful teaching on how one might best go about preaching from the Gospel of John, recorded at Faith Mission College in Edinburgh in July 2014. The video is divided into eight segments of approximately twenty minutes for technical reasons.

Don Carson: Preaching John’s Gospel

Don Carson on “Preaching from John’s Gospel”

We are delighted to report that the Trust, with Faith Mission, will be co-hosting a seminar on “Preaching from John’s Gospel” with Don Carson on Wednesday  2nd July from 2-5 p.m. at the Faith Mission Centre in Edinburgh.

The preaching seminar is for pastors, preachers and students training for ministry and is free but you need to register by emailing

Don Carson will also be preaching on the Psalms at the Faith Mission Convention from 2nd-5th and at a Ministers’ Breakfast on Thursday, July 3rd at 8.30 a.m.

Don Carson is Professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois, where he has been since 1978. He has served as assistant pastor and pastor and has done itinerant ministry in Canada and the United Kingdom. He received the Master of Divinity from Central Baptist Seminary in Toronto, and the Doctor of Philosophy in New Testament from the University of Cambridge. Don is an active guest lecturer in academic and church settings around the world. He has written or edited about sixty books. He is a founding member and currently president of The Gospel Coalition.

Mentoring Programme

Room for improvement?
Want to be a better preacher?
Don’t know how?

The Trust is excited to introduce our mentoring programme for preachers in Scotland.

The programme offers a personal and confidential engagement with an experienced preacher who will provide constructive feedback and coaching on your preaching, helping you to become a better preacher, and is available in two flavours.

  • An intensive thirty day programme designed to deliver the maximum impact in the minimum time – regular comprehensive feedback on sermons delivered in the period combined with deep engagement in the preparation process. The programme aims to deliver a step improvement in your skills and performance which can be sustained in the long term.
  • A more flexible extended programme incorporating monthly meetings and operating at the intensity you choose, but still built around the same comprehensive sermon feedback and engagement in your preparation process.

The process has been prototyped with a number of preachers and feedback is encouraging:

“Being mentored by Peter Grainger has been extremely helpful, not only in developing the structure of my sermons but also greatly enhancing my understanding of the Bible and how it should be handled.”
Andy Lloyd-Williams
Community Worker at Greenview Evangelical Church, Glasgow and now Associate Pastor at Harborough Evangelical Church, Leicestershire

“As a preacher, I have greatly appreciated the mentoring, support and wisdom that Peter Grainger has given me. His critique of my sermons has led to several positive changes that have tangibly increased the effectiveness and impact of my preaching.”
Peter Anderson
Lead Pastor, Destiny Church, Edinburgh

Would you like to become a better preacher? The Trust believes:

every preacher can become a better preacher

From £250, bursaries available.

Contact to get started today.

Preaching from the book of Acts

A practical workshop for all who want to preach
and teach God’s Word more effectively
led by David Cook

David CookDaTeaching Actsvid recently retired from his role as Principal and Director of the School of Preaching at Sydney Missionary and Bible College in Australia, and is now involved in an itinerant preaching and teaching ministry, He has spoken at a number of Christian Conventions including Keswick and New Word Alive where his ministry was much appreciated.

When: Tuesday May 29th 2012, from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Where: Charlotte Baptist Chapel, Rose Street, Edinburgh
Cost: £10 including a copy of David’s Book “Teaching Acts”
please bring your own lunch or there are plenty of sandwich shops nearby

To register: email