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 mentoring@2tim4.org 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 register@2tim4.org

Narrative Preaching

Telling the story? Or missing the point?

On Easter Sunday evening at the Easter Event “Resurrection” in the Usher Hall in Edinburgh, Peter Grainger preached a narrative sermon based on the story of Thomas from John 20. Read the text here or watch the video below:

He reflects on the experience and answers some of the questions about “narrative preaching” in this post. If you’d like to learn more, please consider attending our Narrative Preaching Workshop.

Narrative Preaching Workshop

Telling the Story - preaching narrative texts

It is remarkablethat the Gospels and Acts, taken together, comprise almost two thirds of the bulk of the New Testament. Here is evidence of the importance of narrative in the formation of Christian faith.

  • How does this affect what we preach on?
  • How does preaching from narrative differ from other genres?
  • Why is this so relevant to today’s generation?

Come and explore these and related issues with:

Peter Grainger
  • Director of the 2 Timothy 4 trust
  • Formerly Senior Pastor at Charlotte Chapel, Edinburgh
Alex MacDonald
  • Senior Minister, Buccleuch & Greyfriars Free Church
  • Author of “Tell Me The Story”

7th May, 10am – 1pm

Charlotte Chapel Lounge, Rose Street, Edinburgh EH4 2AZ

Cost £10, email register@2tim4.org to register.

It is remarkable that the Gospels and Acts, taken together, comprise almost two thirds of the bulk of the New Testament. Here is evidence of the importance of narrative in the formation of Christian faith.

§  How does this affect what we preach on?

§  How does preaching from narrative differ from other genres?

§  Why is this so relevant to today’s generation?

Come and explore these and related issues with:

Peter Grainger
  • Director of the 2 Timothy 4 trust
  • Formerly Senior Pastor at Charlotte Chapel, Edinburgh
Alex MacDonald
  • Senior Minister, Buccleuch & Greyfriars Free Church
  • Author of “Tell Me The Story”

7th May, 10am – 1pm

Charlotte Chapel Lounge, Rose Street, Edinburgh EH4 2AZ

Cost £10, email register@2tim4.org to register.

It is remarkable that the Gospels and Acts, taken together, comprise almost two thirds of the bulk of the New Testament. Here is evidence of the importance of narrative in the formation of Christian faith.

§ How does this affect what we preach on?

§ How does preaching from narrative differ from other genres?

§ Why is this so relevant to today’s generation?

Come and explore these and related issues with:

Peter Grainger

· Director of the 2 Timothy 4 trust

· Formerly Senior Pastor at Charlotte Chapel, Edinburgh

Alex MacDonald

· Senior Minister, Buccleuch & Greyfriars Free Church

· Author of “Tell Me The Story”

7th May, 10am – 1pm

Charlotte Chapel Lounge, Rose Street, Edinburgh EH4 2AZ

Cost £10, email register@2tim4.org to register.

Potential Preachers Workshop

Thinking about preaching? Just starting out? Needing some help?

“From text to sermon”

Practical teaching… practical examples… practical exercises     

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.

Saturday April 2nd, 10am – 1pm

Airdrie Baptist Church, 97 Graham Street, Airdrie ML6 6DE http://www.airdriebaptist.co.uk

Cost: £5

To register, email peter@2Tim4.org

Comments from previous participants:

“The principles and practical aspects of the workshop were invaluable and answered so many questions which I have been carrying around as I have been thinking about a future in pastor-teaching ministry.”

“Excellent, encouraging and entertaining, also informative, instructive, and very helpful.”

Preaching that Instructs and Rebukes

If you missed our recent conference with Bruce Ware, “Preaching that Instructs and Rebukes”, the conference audio is now available on http://rubc.fmbc.ac/

1. Introduction – Teaching that instructs and rebukes (Titus 1:9)
2. Is Jesus the Only Way? (The exclusivity of Christ and the Gospel)
3. A New Kind of Christianity? (The challenge of the emerging church)