Local Preachers

Local Preachers are members of the church who have been accredited to lead worship and preach.

Anyone candidating for ordination as a Methodist minister is normally required to have 'tested the water' by completing the Faith & Worship course and becoming a fully accredited Local Preacher. The qualification is also usually desirable for most lay pastoral jobs with congregations throughout Ireland.

Contact Us

For any queries relating to Local Preacher's training or assessment, contact:

Rev Mervyn Ewing
Tel: 028 9266 2303 or 07801069806
35 Mount Royal, Lisburn, Co Antrim BT27 5BF
Email: localpreachers@irishmethodist.org

All local preachers enquires including those addressed to the Connexional Committee should be forwarded to localpreachers@irishmethodist.org 

Local Preacher Training

Members of the Methodist Church are encouraged to examine whether they have a call to preach.

Studying the Faith & Worship course will help you to do this. You can study on your own or with a local tutor but you'll find it more enjoyable and supportive to join a class in your area. 

You might find this leaflet helpful but be sure to talk to your minister about being put forward as a Local Preacher 'on trial' at the next Circuit Executive meeting.

If accepted, the Circuit will pay for your course folders and you will be involved in leading services during your studies.

Exegesis Passages 2016/17

(for all work received or submitted after October 1st 2016)

Section A:
Exegesis 1: Ezekiel 34:20-24
Exegesis 2: Matthew 7:21-23

Section B:
Exegesis 1: Hebrews 13:15-16
Exegesis 2: Judges 3:9-10

Section C:
Exegesis 1: 1 Kings 18:18-19
Exegesis 2: Colossions 1:17-18

Section D:
Exegesis 1: Isaiah 56:5b
Exegesis 2: John 3:17

John Wesley Sermons

Choose one of John Wesley’s sermons from this list below:    

Sermon 2 The Almost Christian
Sermon 5 Justification by Faith
Sermon 8 The First Fruits of the Spirit
Sermon 10 Witness of the Spirit
Sermon 12 Witness of our Spirit
Sermon 16 The Means of Grace 
Sermon 18 The Marks of the New Birth
Sermon 23 Sermon on the Mount – 3
Sermon 39 Catholic Spirit
Sermon 40 Christian Perfection