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Sometimes we are discouraged by the state of the gospel in the UK. Churches closing, a hostile public square and a cultural drift away from Biblical norms to name but a few of the signs. However, having spent some of this Summer in Belgium, just two hours on a train from London, my conclusion is that things in the UK could be a lot worse.
Belgians, according to polling data would be around 60% 'Christian', most of these would be Catholics, although catholicism on the whole in Belgium is in decline (72% down to 53% over last 35 years), and protestantism is on the increase (2.5% up to 6.2% in the same period). However these numbers drop off dramatically when focussed on those under 40 years of age. This is the broad picture of self-identification across the country though the proportion of evangelicals within that would be minuscule. Against this decline however there are some very encouraging signs of life and growth. The International Baptist Church of Brussels and International Bible Church of Jubrise are great gospel outposts doing terrific work of proclaiming the Bible to their majoritively expat congregations. The Institute Biblique Belge is also doing a phenomenal job of training and equipping francophone evangelicals for ministry. There are also some great French speaking churches particularly the Protestant Evangelical Church of Woluwe and their church plant into Etterbeek. So though the backdrop is bleak there are some encouraging bright spots, I am sure that there are many faithful brothers and sisters doing other great work elsewhere in Belgium. Our PT Belgian Bible Convention run in association with IBC Brussels was encouraging. Around 60 people attended some or all of the conference from 11 different churches, the age range was diverse and as is symptomatic of Brussels the number of nationalities present was in the teens. Everyone greatly enjoyed the sessions with Andrew Sach digging into 1 Kings and seeing new things in very familiar passages. We looked at the life of William Tyndale a hero of the faith who both lived as a fugitive in Belgium (Antwerp) and was imprisoned there for 2 years (Vilvoorde). We had seminars on Women's Ministry, Small Groups and Writing a Bible Talk and finished our time looking at the nature of gospel work from Acts 20:17-38. People were encouraged and had fresh enthusiasm for their Bibles. We are thinking about repeating the Convention, but moving it slightly later into October as the beginning of September is a time of great transition in Brussels. Thank you so much to all of you who prayed for this fledgling event and please continue to pray for the country of Belgium that the gospel would bear fruit and grow across this strategic nation.
This week is the first week of the new year at the PT Cornhill Training Course in London. It has been great to see all the new 'F1' Monday and Tuesday students arrive and begin to settle in. There are around 120 entering the course for the first time. Then this morning (Wednesday) there are over 70 beginning their 'F2' year on a Wednesday. It was straight into teaching with Andrew Sach giving a refresher of all that they learnt about Bible Handling last year. In total we are excited that we are training over 200 students across the 3 year groups and very thankful to local churches for trusting us with their people.
Tomorrow our 'Core' students arrive back. There are 22 of these guys spending two days a week honing and sharpening their comprehension and communication of the Bible. Also two of our graduating students from last year have joined the Pastors Training Course in Scotland (run by Cornhill Scotland). They have just finished one of their residential weeks in Ayrshire. Please pray for us at Cornhill: Pray that there would be rich fellowship between the students and tutors that would spur them on in studying and serving the local church. Pray for Nigel, Stephen, Andrew, Carrie and Gwilym as they do the bulk of the teaching and the external teachers who are generous with their time in helping out. Pray that in all our endeavours we would strive to help people preach and teach the Bible clearly, powerfully and faithfully across a wide range of contexts and for many years to come. Pray particularly for our many international students who are now only settling into Cornhill but also life in the UK. We have students from Africa, Asia and Eastern Europe joining us this year. Thank you all so much for your continued interest and partnership in the gospel.
Workshop for cross cultural preaching training 2018 (Level 2)
Wednesday 31st October 2018
Many Bible teachers and preachers around the world have benefited in the past from the 'Project Timothy' programme, whereby pastor-preachers have gone for a week or so on a regular basis to give Bible-training in the Majority world. Last year Neil Watkinson, our International Director, ran two well-received one-day training workshops for those interested in or involved with short-term cross-cultural expository ministry training events. This autumn there will be a repeat of this workshop (Level 1) plus an additional workshop (Level 2) building on Level 1. Please note that to be able to come to the Level 2 workshop, you will need to have attended last year's workshop, or the Level 1 workshop this year.
Wednesday 19 September 2018 - Level 1 workshop.
Wednesday 31 October 2018 - Level 2 workshop.
Both workshops will run for a whole day (9.30am-4.30pm) at Willcox House. Spaces will be limited, so please book soon. The cost of the training will be £10 for the day, which includes a sandwich lunch.
Ministers Autumn Conference 2018
Monday 5th November 2018 –
Thursday 8th November 2018
The Book of Exodus is the story of our powerful God, rescuing his people from slavery and making them into a new nation in a covenant with himself, in order that they might worship him rightly. At our Autumn Ministers' Conference, Justin Mote (Director of Training of the North West Partnership) will be helping us in our understanding and preaching of this great book. We will also have sessions with Andy Mason (Pastor at St. John's Chelsea and Director for Training at Co-Mission) as well as opening and closing expositions and preaching workshop groups. Over the conference there is lots of time for rest, relaxation and fellowship. So whether you are a regular at PT Preaching Conferences or a first-timer, an experienced preacher or just starting out, UK based or from overseas, we would love to welcome you to this great conference.
The conference will begin at 5pm on Monday and conclude with lunch at 12.30pm on Thursday. You can find more information about our residential conferences including a sample timetable here.
Started in 1991, PT Cornhill exists primarily to train preachers, as well as equipping men and women to teach the Bible in other contexts, such as youth/children's work and women's ministry. Click here for more details
Ministry Wives Weekend Conference 2018
We're gradually adding material from our archive. EMA 1993 featured Dick Lucas, Phillip Jensen, Don Carson, David Petersen and John Lennox for a mix of inspiring teaching, challenging exhortation and encouraging reports of gospel work. (Click the title, left, for the talks)