Cornhill Scotland

Cornhill Training Course

The Scottish Cornhill Training Course (CTC) is a course offering training in biblical expository ministry. Our primary aim is to equip men to preach. We’re also pleased to prepare women and men for other Bible-teaching ministries.

The Aim of the Course

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Our primary aim is to train men to preach. The course is designed to equip Christians to:

  • Understand the Bible accurately
  • Teach the Bible effectively
  • Apply the Bible appropriately

We are also pleased to train men and women to teach the Bible in other contexts such as youth and children’s work and women’s ministries.

The Cornhill Training Course was started in London in 1991 by David Jackman. Cornhill is one of the ministries of the Proclamation Trust which arose out of the expository preaching ministry of Dick Lucas, Rector of St Helen’s Bishopsgate, in the City of London, from 1961 to 1998. The Scottish Cornhill Training Course, based in Central Glasgow, was established in 2006.

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.

Cornhill is an integrated course that endeavours not just to impart information but to fashion and shape Christian people to be servants of the word of Christ. Our teaching is interactive and practical, with group work, questions and discussion.

Course content

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.

 We study the Bible together:

  • Each morning begins with the Word of God and prayer as a student gives a Bible exposition.
  • A series of in-depth studies of Bible books, focusing on books such as Genesis, Exodus, John’s Gospel Mark’s Gospel and Romans.
  • A complete Bible overview.
  • A course in Biblical Theology themes

We study principles of biblical preaching:

  • A foundation course in the basic Principles of Expository Preaching. Including Observation, Interpretation and Application.
  • An in-depth course on Preaching Instructions.
  • A course which looks at how to preach different genres of Bible books:
    • The Gospels & New Testament letters
    • Old Testament Law, Narrative & Prophets
    • Apocalyptic, Poetry & Wisdom Literature.

We expound Bible passages:

  • To the whole group each day a student gives a ‘Morning Exposition’.
  • In ‘gobbet groups’ opening up short passages of scripture to determine their meaning in context.
  • In preaching groups where a student gives a full practice talk.

We study Christian doctrine:

  • An Introductory course on Systematic Theology.
  • Issues of Practical Ministry.

We study the work of a Pastor:

  • The shape of Pastoral Ministry, with consideration of a number of practical issues.

What else does Cornhill offer?

  • Fellowship with others wanting to serve Christ in the ministry of the Word and prayer.
  • A mission week in the UK or perhaps elsewhere.
  • Visiting lecturers and speakers who help us with further Bible teaching and other practical ministry skills.
  • All students benefit from a placement with a local church in which they can exercise their Bible teaching skills.

Term Dates : 2021–22

Spring Term (9 teaching weeks)

Monday 10 January – Friday 25 March 2022
Half term / Mission week: Sun 6 February – Friday 18 February 2022

Summer Term (9 teaching weeks)

Tuesday 19 April – Friday 24 June 2022
Reading week: Monday 16 May – Friday 20 May 2022
Servants of the Word: Tuesday 21 – Thursday 23 June 2022

Term Dates : 2022–23

Autumn Term (12 teaching weeks)

Monday 12 September – Friday 16 December 2022
Half term: Monday 17 October – Friday 21 October 2022
Reading week: Monday 14 November – Friday 18 November 2022

Spring Term (9 teaching weeks)

Monday 9 January – Friday 24 March 2023
Half term/Mission week: Sun 6 February – Friday 18 February 2023

Summer Term (9 teaching weeks)

Monday 17 April – Friday 23 June 2023
Reading week: Monday 15 May – Friday 19 May 2023
Servants of the Word: Tuesday 20 – Thursday 22 June 2023

Course Fees : 2022–23

The Course Fees:

  • Accelerated one-year course: £6,090 for the year (£2,030 payable each term)
  • Standard two-year course: £3,810 for the year (£1,270 payable each term)

Application Procedure

If you would like to apply for the course there is an application form to be completed and a subsequent interview at 31 Bath Street before students are accepted.

We are always happy to welcome prospective students to visit the course and to meet with individuals to discuss how the course might help their possible future ministry.

Download an application form, or fill it out online here

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