About PT Cornhill
The aim of the course
The PT Cornhill Training Course equips men and women for expository Bible ministry in the local church.
A little about our history
The PT Cornhill Training Course began in 1991. Since its beginning we have trained almost 1,000 men and women for ministry in the local church. We long to see a generation of men and women serving in the local church, who can preach and teach God’s word faithfully, clearly and effectively.
What is distinctive about the course
Our conviction is that the preaching of God’s word in the local church is the God-given way in which the Father makes the Son known by the work of the Spirit. We focus, therefore, on preaching in the context of the local church. The course is intensive (two days a week part-time or four days a week full-time) with lots of assessed practical work. Each student can expect to give at least 15 assessed talks or sermons over the duration of the course, as well as contributing to group discussions.
Who the course is for
We serve men and women from different cultures, ethnic groups, ages and academic backgrounds. You need to have a firm commitment to the trustworthiness and sufficiency of Scripture for ministry in the local church. Our focus is on training men for preaching in particular, though the Cornhill training will benefit anyone with a word ministry in the local church, for example women’s or youth workers. Within the course as a whole there are two separate tracks: the Pastor-Teacher track for men and the Women’s Ministry track for women.
Where the course is based
The course takes place at our London offices, Willcox House, which is situated near to London Bridge train and tube station and is easily accessible from in and around the London area. We also serve students from throughout the UK. Some travel to and fro each day. Others stay over with friends for one night a week. We may be able to help with finding overnight accommodation, and do feel free to ask us. In recent times students have successfully commuted from places such as Lincoln and Worcester by train, Cornwall by sleeper train, and Dublin and Jersey on cheap flights.
What students say
“Cornhill provided a foundation, vision and peer group for a lifetime of Bible ministry” (John, assistant pastor in the UK)
“My time at Cornhill gave me a thorough grounding in how to open up and teach the scriptures. On the long journey to the overseas mission field Cornhill was, by far, the single most useful element of my training and equipping.” (James, church planting in Japan)
“I highly recommend Cornhill to anyone who wants learn to faithfully bring God’s word to God’s people for God’s glory.” (Sammy,
pastor in Ghana)
“Every day I get to open up the Bible with young people in schools. Cornhill has helped me to correctly handle God’s Word and apply it to today’s teens. I wouldn’t want to be doing this job without it!” (Jennie, UK schools worker)
How the course is taught
The course may be taken part-time (Mon/Tues in Year 1, Thur/Fri in Year 2) or full time. Most students spread the load over two years whilst serving in a local church. Each student is linked with a local church for the period of the course. We can help arrange these placements, although most students make their own arrangements.
What you will learn on the course
The ‘heartbeat’ of the course is the teaching of a wide range of books of Scripture, coming to grips with them in order to be able to preach and teach them.
This is complemented by foundational teaching on: prayer and the heart; principles of exposition; biblical theology; systematic theology.
Preaching also always takes place in a context, and so in addition we study…
- the pastoral context: exploring a variety of pastoral and ethical issues in relation to the preaching of Scripture.
- the leadership context: exploring the place of preaching and teaching within the overall ministry of a church leader, including a focus on evangelism and youth/children’s ministry. There is also a specialised Women’s Ministry Stream.
How your work is assessed
There is no written work on the course but students are assessed as they give 15-20 presentations. These range from short exercises to full worked sermons and talks.
Who teaches on the course
The course is taught by Proclamation Trust staff led by Christopher Ash (Director), Tim Ward (Associate Director) and Jonathan Griffiths, assisted by Adrian Reynolds (PT’s Director of Ministry). Christopher will be stepping down this summer as Director of the PT Cornhill Training Course and as a member of the PT staff after 11 years. We are delighted that, alongside having more time for writing, Christopher will continue for the time being to do some teaching on the course. Our Women’s Ministry Stream is led by Carrie Sandom (St John’s, Tunbridge Wells). We are assisted by serving ministers and experts in particular issues relevant to preaching and ministry.
Applying for the course
We are only able to take a limited number of students, and there are different numbers of places available on the Pastor-Teacher track for men and the Women’s Ministry track for women. Therefore early application is advised. Prospective students will have a personal interview with a member of Cornhill staff. Please apply by completing the online application form via the link at the bottom of this section. We start processing applications as early as the autumn for a start in September in the following year.
Visiting the course
We strongly encourage all prospective students to visit us for a day to get an idea of how the course works and whether it is suitable for you.
We have a limited number of places available for overseas students (subject to students obtaining the appropriate visa), but these are all now taken for 2015-16. We are no longer accepting applications from overseas for September 2015.
What support you need
We only accept applications from students who have the support of their local church minister or leadership team.
Finding out more about the course
If you have any questions about the course, please contact the Course Administrator, Beckie Hollands on 020 7407 0562 or using email.
We do not normally consider the PT Cornhill Training Course on its own to be a sufficient preparation for a life-time of ministry. We often therefore encourage students who may pursue full time ministry to seek further theological education, either in the UK or overseas. Some students, however, cannot attend such a college and for those we offer a two year distance learning extension programme called Cornhill+.
When the course runs
Term dates are as follows:
Autumn Term: Monday 15th September – Friday 12th December 2014
Half term week: 27th – 31st October 2014
Reading week: 17th – 21st November 2014
Spring Term: Monday 5th January – Friday 27th March 2015
Mission Week: Sunday 8th – Sunday 15th February 2015
Half term week: 16th – 20th February 2015
Summer Term: Monday 13th April – Thursday 25th June 2015
Half term week: 25th – 29th May 2015
Evangelical Ministry Assembly: 22nd – 24th June 2015
2015 – 2016
Autumn Term: Monday 14th September – Friday 11th December 2015
Half term: Monday 26th October – Friday 30th October 2015
Reading week: Monday 16th November – Friday 20th November 2015
Spring Term: Monday 4th January – Thursday 24th March 2016
Mission week: Sunday 7th February – Sunday 14th February 2016
Half term: Monday 15th February – Monday 19th February 2016
Summer Term: Monday 11th April – Thursday 23rd June 2016
Half term: Monday 30th May – Friday 3rd June 2016
Evangelical Ministry Assembly: Tuesday 21st – Thursday 23rd June 2016
How much the course costs
The course fees per term for 2014/15 are:
Part-time students: £860
Full-time students: £1385
The course fees per term for 2015/16 are:
Part-time students: £900
Full-time students: £1450
The PT Cornhill Training Course is accredited by Middlesex University and the Bridge Schools Inspectorate. The Proclamation Trust is a Tier 4 Sponsor with UK Visas and Immigration for sponsoring Tier 4 Student Visas. The latest Bridge Schools Inspectorate report can be found here.
Other training opportunities
Cornhill in a week
We have two week long courses for those seriously considering gospel ministry at some point in the future or preaching already and looking to refresh their skills.
PT Cornhill London week
For undergraduate students
You will be placed with a ministry family in London, living and serving with them in the busy lead-up to Christmas. This is an opportunity to experience ministry first-hand. Each weekday morning is spent at our central London offices where there will be time to reflect on what you’re learning, to discuss the practical implications and to be taught by Cornhill staff and other London-based ministers.
More details of London Week 2014 will be available soon.
PT Cornhill summer school
For people who are or hope to be in any kind of Bible teaching ministry in the local church.
All sorts of people come to the summer school:
▪ students, workers, people who have retired
▪ people wanting a taster of Cornhill
▪ people taking a week out of their normal lives to be equipped, encouraged and refreshed in their service of the Lord.
It’s an opportunity to work through some of the important principles of handling the Bible faithfully with the aim of teaching Christ with integrity. The week consists of some of the key elements of PT Cornhill and is taught by Cornhill lecturers.
Next year’s summer school will run from 29 June – 3 July. Booking will open in the autumn.
Cornhill in a day
Expository training for those who have preaching and Bible teaching responsibilities in the local church.
Each training day is led by one of the PT staff or Cornhill Scotland team and includes teaching, practical work and the chance to assess a sermon. Each is focused on a particular Bible genre or Bible book.
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