Winchester

Bishop’s Permission to Preach




The Bishop's Permission to Preach (BPP)  programme starts in September 2021.

Prayerful consideration of the following questions will help you decide whether BPP is right for you.

WHAT SORT OF PERSON IS BPP SUITABLE FOR?

  • Do you have a love for God's word?
  • Do you have a desire to build up God's people through teaching and preaching?
  • Are you in good standing with your church community?
  • Have your church leadership recognised your preaching potential?
  • Are you prepared to step outside of your own church to preach across a benefice or deanery?
  • What evidence can you bring to demonstrate the above?

WHAT WILL BE EXPECTED OF ME?

Please think and pray.  The BPP programme involves a large time commitment with tutorials, study days, written assignments, practical preaching and of course private home study.

Are you prepared to commit to attend all tutorial dates and study days? Can you honestly fit studying in with your other life commitments? If not, maybe now is just not quite the right time.

It is likely you will need to drop some of your current regular commitments to make time to study.  How do you feel about that?

Are you comfortable with uncomfortable ideas?  Studying theology seriously can open your eyes to issues you may never have come across in a devotional study of the Bible.

How are you at essay writing?  You will be expected to complete written assignments to first year undergraduate level.  But study skills training will be provided.

Do you have a computer and can you use it?  Much of the material you will use and the work you submit will be done online.  You cannot complete BPP without access to a computer and the skills to use it.

WHAT ELSE DO I NEED TO KNOW?

We have a limited number of places available on the BPP programme and we expect applications to outnumber places.  There is therefore a selection process in place.  Please be aware that if you are not selected for this year's intake, it does not mean that you have failed in some way.  With limited places, difficult decisions have to be taken and a number of different criteria are used to decide between equally well qualified candidates.

HOW CAN I FIND OUT MORE?

You are invited to come to our Online Open Evening on 26th April from 7pm to 8.30pm.  There we will explain the details of the course, the expectations upon you and there will be an opportunity to hear from someone who took BPP last year.  There will also be plenty of time to ask your own questions to help you decide whether BPP is for you.

To register your place on the Open Evening or if you have any queries about any of the above, please contact our administrator Wendy Atkinson

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