Pastors' Academy
Study Days


The world is changing, churches are changing, and the work of the pastor therefore is becoming more challenging.

Rooted in Scripture, our Pastoral Study Days give an opportunity to think through crucial areas of ministry together and to hear an experienced voice from outside your situation.

The pastoral study days aim to revive the weary worker, to help the young pastor not to feel overwhelmed, and to give the more seasoned minister new vision. One poet has written of our world: ‘One must think like a hero in order to behave like a merely decent human being.’ Just so, the pastoral study days seek to inspire and make us brave!

Our Director of Pastoral Support, John Benton, teaches these days. They are run at London Seminary and for groups of pastors around the country. To ask about hosting a study day at a location near you, get in touch.

Cost: £10 (please contact us if you are in pastoral ministry and cannot afford this).


Current Pastoral Days
The Woke Agenda: why pastors must take notice.

There is a struggle going on right now which has the potential to fracture Western society and devastate the churches.

That may sound somewhat over dramatic but it is true. The struggle is ultimately about authority – whether we will be guided by facts or feelings. People in our congregations are caught up in this in their places of work and their schools.

In this struggle even simple words like ‘love’, ‘hate’, ‘male’, ‘female’ have altered their meanings. Also a whole plethora of new words and phrases have entered our dictionaries – like ‘intersectionality’ and ‘cancel culture’. Someone can lose their livelihood, simply for saying the wrong thing. Welcome to the world of ‘Woke’.

Please have a look on our events page for our next Pastoral Study day.  We will be trying to think through the challenges that this movement is presenting to Bible Christians and Bible churches. Please come along or join us online.

Upcoming Dates: click here

John Benton, our Director for Pastoral Support, introduces the day:


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Depression in Ministry

Our Pastoral support workers look at the important issue of depression in ministry. 

This Study Day members of the Pastors’ Academy team will be discussing theme of ‘The Pastor and Depression’ through the listed topic/discussions:

  • Understanding depression 
  • Coping with depression as a pastor 
  • Insights from Lloyd-Jones on Spiritual Depression
  • John Newton’s counsel to William Cowper

Please see the interview below Steven Bowers  had with Stephen Kneale from one of our previous Pastoral Study Day. 

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"Men and women never struggle so hard as when they struggle alone, without witness, counsellor or confidant; unencouraged, unadvised and unpitied."

Study Days

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John Benton is available to speak on a range of other topics related to being a church pastor.

If you are interested in hosting a Pastoral day, please get in touch.

Pastoral Booklets

John Benton has written on a range of other topics related to being a church pastor. Booklets written by John are available here.