Equipping the Equippers
The John Owen Centre, part of the work of London Seminary, aims to help pastors to keep studying and growing theologically in the midst of ministry.
Pastors often lament how hard it is to do this. For many, every moment of study is consumed by the next sermon, and sometimes even that is squeezed by a pastoral crisis. The biblical languages rust. The excited freshness provided by initial training fades. For some, that training never happened. Rather than ministering from a maturing theological hinterland, many feel that they are in danger of running on empty.
We offer study that is serious and unembarrassed about being stretching, but our aim is not study as an end in itself. We believe that ongoing study should enrich the ministry of pastors among their people, thereby glorifying the Lord Jesus through the maturing of his church.
To this end, we offer a range of activities with varying levels of demand: Study Days in biblical languages, biblical studies, and doctrine; extended Study Projects; an annual Conference; the ThM degree from Westminster Theological Seminary (Philadelphia) in historical theology.