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We believe that God’s Word is how he works in the world—especially 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 men and women in ministry looking to deepen their skills and convictions in expositional preaching and teaching, as well as those who are considering whether ministry is for them. The Course is a one-year (full time) or two-year (part time) or three-year (modular) program. It follows the local academic year (September to June) and we will be taking our first class of students beginning in September 2019.

WHAT: CURRICULUM AND CALENDAR
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 their 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:

WHERE: CHICAGO
The CCP is strategically located in the South Side of Chicago in the historic neighborhood of Hyde Park, with classroom and office space at 57th and Blackstone.

WHO: INSTRUCTORS
A course on preaching ought to be taught by experienced preachers and experts. The CCP is directed by the Jeremy Meeks and K. Edward Copeland. Other instructors include the David R. Helm, Romell Williams, Jr., and many others. Learn more about our instructors.

TUITION

  • Full-time students: $5,000/year.
  • Half-time students is $2,500/year.
  • 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.

NEXT STEP: APPLICATION PROCESS
There are four 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. Next, submit a sample sermon (audio or video) to the Director, Jeremy Meeks (jmeeks@simeontrust.org).
  4. Finally, schedule an interview with members of our admission committee by contacting Jeremy.

CHURCH PLACEMENT
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 help you get connected with one of our Church Placement Partners.

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].