The Workshop

This Preaching Communications Workshop is one of Keswick Ministries' teaching and training events that are part of the Derwent Project. It is an intensive workshop, in which those who attend receive in-depth personal training, from exegesis right through to a finished engaging sermon.

Each delegate will be asked to prepare, in advance, a passage that they are intending to preach. At the end of the week, each participant will have preached that passage (with few notes) faithfully and in engaging fashion to the other delegates on the workshop.

In the first 24 hours of the Workshop, delegates will present the fruit of their work on the Bible passage. There will be detailed feedback and sharpening of exegesis from James Robson (Ministry Director of Keswick Ministries). James has had extensive experience over nearly 20 years, training preachers and leaders, as well as teaching students Old Testament and Hebrew at Oak Hill College and at Wycliffe Hall in Oxford.

From the Tuesday lunchtime to the Friday lunchtime, delegates will work closely with Richard Garnett and Neill Harvey-Smith on moving from accurate exegesis to an engaging sermon, delivered with few notes. The workshop format will be dynamic, interactive, and demanding. It brings out and develops each individual’s gifting, rather than giving a formulaic grid.

Richard has been running these workshops for nearly ten years at both Oak Hill College and at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford. Neill has also delivered these and similar workshops. They both bring expertise in communication and a passion for Biblical, engaging preaching. The feedback they have received has been consistently outstanding. Individuals attest that their preaching has been taken to a new level. Here is what some participants from our Preaching Communications Workshop held in May this year had to say:

‘This workshop was very inspirational and exceeded my expectations! I would encourage anyone – from those who are just embarking on preaching to those who are more experienced – to participate in any such future event by Keswick Ministries.’ - Hilary Wyatt

‘Who would have thought that with over 30 years of preaching experience I could have learned so much in such a short period of time. I would heartily commend the course to all called to “rightly handle the Word of truth”.’ - Robin Spittle

Here are a few words from Paul Kerry:

Who is it for?

Pastors/church planters/overseas workers. Whether you’ve been preaching for 3 months or 30 years, this workshop will help you develop. In our first workshop, someone who had never preached before gave a 20-minute Biblical and engaging sermon with no notes! And someone else, who’d been preaching weekly for more than 30 years, testified to the value of the course.


James Robson, Ministry Director of Keswick Ministries
James has taught students the Old Testament at Oak Hill Collage, at Wycliffe Hall and at Oxford University.

Richard Garnett, co-founder of Garnett & Simpson, a consultant in communication skills. Richard has run workshops for many years at Oak Hill College and at Wycliffe Hall, as well as for preaching teams in churches. Many students describe his workshops as the best 3 days of their training.

Neill Harvey-Smith. Neill recently served the Church of England as Head of Media and was previously Director of Communications for a diocese. A former national and world masters champion in debating, he has taught and trained all over the world. His current work is coaching churches, charities and corporates in communication.

Venue and Dates

The Suite, Rawnsley Centre, Keswick, CA12 5NP
1:00pm - Monday 23rd October - 2:00pm Friday 27th October 2017


The cost for the workshop will be £180. Included in this is lunch each day (including Monday on arrival and Friday before departure) and refreshments during each day. Please note that accommodation is not included.

We do not want cost to prohibit anyone from benefiting from this workshop. If cost alone is a reason for not attending, please contact Carolyn South on

Application to attend the workshop

Places are limited to 12 and the closing date for applications is 13th September 2017. When the closing date arrives all applications will be looked at and places will be offered by 22nd September 2017. In order to apply for a place on the workshop please complete the application form provided via the link below:

Preaching Communication Application Form

Closing date for applications is Wednesday 13th September 2017