Cornhill Core

Cornhill Core is aimed at the aspiring lifetime Bible teacher or preacher.

It takes place on two days a week (Thursdays and Fridays) for one year. it is for both men and women who, having completed F1 and F2, are now pursuing the probability of long-term Christian ministry.

Many of the elements of Core are the same as F1 and F2, but it feels like ‘a step up’, building on what has already been learned. There are more expository lectures, covering approximately eleven more books of the Bible. There is more Teaching Practice, with students giving and receiving feedback on six 20-minute talks from different parts of the Bible.

One of the most exciting things about Core is the Expository Seminars. Students are divided into small groups, each led by a Cornhill tutor, and together they study four Bible books in considerable depth – Romans, Exodus, Amos and Ruth. The emphasis is on students working things out for themselves, so that they develop the ‘nose in the text’ skills that are crucial for sustaining a lifetime’s biblical ministry.

We also offer a choice of Electives, so that students can decide where they’d like to receive more specialised training. Typical modules include Evangelistic Preaching and Apologetics, Women’s Ministry, Youth Ministry, Ministry to Families and Children, and Leading Small Group Bible Studies.

Each February we send teams of Core students to partner with a range of churches and University Christian Unions in their outreach. And for those who began studying New Testament Greek in F2, we offer an optional intermediate-level class at the end of the Cornhill day.

In addition to the two days spent at Cornhill we estimate that a self-disciplined and organised Cornhill student doing ‘Core’ will need not less than a full-day each week for study and preparation.

A typical timetable

09.00-09.20Morning DevotionMorning Devotion
09.20-12.30Expository SeminarsExpository Lecture
13.30-16.30ElectivesTeaching Practice

Applications are now open for the 2024-25 Core course. Apply here.