We believe that God’s Word is how he works in the world—through the faithful proclamation of his Word by, for, and among his people. This means it matters very much how his people are trained to preach his Word. It must be hands-on and skill-based, not focused merely on the transmission of knowledge. It must work on the soul of the preacher, not just on the mind. And it must be for the glory of God’s name.

The Chicago Course on Preaching (CCP) seeks to provide the best possible practical training in Bible handling to the next generation of preachers.

The CCP is for those in ministry looking to deepen their skills and convictions in expositional preaching as well as those who are considering whether ministry is for them. The Course is a one-year (full time) or two-year or three-year (part time) residential course in Chicago. It follows the local academic year (September to June) and we will be taking our first class of students beginning in September 2019.

The CCP distinguishes itself by its commitment to rigorous skill-based training in biblical exposition combined with mentored practice within the local church. This means, in most cases, that the participant remains actively engaged in a congregation where his classroom learning can be immediately put into practice. To learn more about our curriculum, the various formats for taking the course, and other details, take a look at these documents:

The CCP is strategically located in the South Side of Chicago. More information about the precise location is coming soon.

A course on preaching ought to be taught by experienced preachers and experts. The CCP is directed by the Rev. Jeremy Meeks and the Rev. Dr. K. Edward Copeland. The other instructors include the Rev. David R. Helm, the Rev. Dr. Robert S. Kinney, the Rev. Romell Williams, Jr., and others. Learn more about our instructors.

This CCP tuition for full-time students in $5,000/year. Tuition for half-time students is $2,500/year. Tuition for modular students is $1,750/term. Please contact us for more information about the tuition and available scholarships. Please note: Tuition prices may be revised from time to time.

There are three simple steps to moving through our application process.

  1. The first step is to complete the Online CCP Application.
  2. Next, submit two references: Guidelines for Letters of Reference [pdf, 138kb].
  3. Finally, schedule an interview by contacting the Director, Jeremy Meeks (

Once enrolled as a student, we will need to sort out your church placement. If you are coming from a local church committed to your training, we will work with the pastor(s) of that church to design a set of mentorship and ministry exposure expectations. If you are coming from outside of Chicago, we will work with one of our Church Placement Partners [list coming soon…]. If you represent a church interested in serving as one of our church placement sites, take a look at our Guidelines for Church Placement [pdf, 85kb].