Ministry Training Course

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The North West Gospel Partnership offers training which is ideal for anyone wishing to serve their local church. We are hoping to run the following courses in 2022-2023.

  • 1st year
    • Thursday day time (Leyland) – start 22nd Sept
    • Thursday evening (Hazel Grove) – start 22nd Sept
  • 2nd Year
    • Tuesday evening (online)- start 27th Sept

Why we do it

As a Partnership we long to see more people committing themselves to full-time gospel ministry in our churches.

When the Bible is taught God’s voice is heard. Teachers who ‘rightly handle’ the Word of truth are essential in today’s church. Whether in the congregation, home group, children’s or youth groups, indeed wherever the Bible is taught, we need people who can teach God’s Word in the power of the Spirit.

Over 1900 students have now studied on one of our daytime or evening courses over the last 17 years and our prayer is that more people will be raised up to be able to teach God’s word.

Who’s it for

The courses are one-day-a-week for those who want to understand the Bible better and be equipped to teach it to others. 

Many churches use this as a resource for their Ministry Trainees, as well as for individuals who would like to be trained, and are not in paid ministry.

It is ideal for church workers and apprentices, preachers, gap-year students, youth and children’s workers, home group leaders, women’s workers and those in student ministry, indeed any who are actively involved in teaching the Bible and desire to be better equipped. It is not restricted to those in paid Christian work, we have many people in full time secular appointments who access our evening & Saturday course.

If you are not quite sure, then why not sign up for a FREE Taster Evening. Contact Sara to register your interest and she will contact you with a date when there are enough people registered.


1st Year

The daytime course covers: Biblical Theology, Exposition, Practical Ministry and Hands on Training. The evening  courses cover: Biblical Theology, Exposition and Hands on Training. 

  1. Biblical Theology – An overview of the whole Bible, looking at how God’s Word fits together
  2. Exposition – After covering the tools of interpreting and applying the Bible passage there will be worked expositions through a number of Bible books, focusing on how to teach and apply them
  3. Hands on Training – A chance to gain experience in giving talks with feedback from ministers and preachers. After preparing passages in the first term, each student will practise giving talks and feedback
  4. Practical Ministry – Visiting lecturers will bring their own expertise on a whole range of practical aspects of ministry. Subjects include Children & Youth, Evangelism, Christian Leadership, Counselling, Growing Churches
2nd Year

The daytime course covers: Systematic Theology, Exposition and Hands on Training, and an in-depth study of Romans. The evening course will cover: In-depth study of Romans, Exposition and Hands on Training.

  1. Systematic Theology – Visiting lecturers will introduce you to key Biblical Doctrines
  2. Exposition – After covering the tools of interpreting and applying the Bible passage there will be worked expositions through a number of Bible books, focusing on how to teach and apply them
  3. Hands on Training – A chance to sharpen your practice talks and feedback skills
  4. An in-depth and interactive study of the book of Romans 


  • Daytime courses: £550
  • Evening Courses: £350

The Tim Peters Training Fund

If you have a desire to undergo training to serve the local church, but are restricted from doing so financially, then this is the fund for you. The website is

Please contact for an application form or further information.


The North West Gospel Ministry Training Course is led by Mark Pickles. Mark taught at Oak Hill Theological College for a number of years and is known as a Bible teacher. He has had over twenty years experience of pastoral ministry in a variety of churches, most recently in Cheshire.

Mark is supported by regular lectures from leaders of North West Gospel Partnership Churches. These include:

  • Mark Simpson
  • George Crowder
  • Timothy Wickham
  • Steve James
  • Jonty Rhodes
  • Josh Probert
  • Gerry Straker
  • Chris Young
  • Steve & Jane Casey
  • Peter Roberts
  • Philip Venables
  • Simon Gales
  • Robin Barfield
  • Chris Slater
  • Karen Soole
  • Ben Williamson
  • Aled Saego
  • Daniel Mullaney
  • Applications

    We are welcoming applications for the 2022/23 term for our daytime and evening courses. Please download and complete the relevant application form.