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.