Language Refreshers for Ministry

Wednesday, July 10, 2019
Thursday, July 11, 2019
9:30 am
Oak Hill College

Would you like to refresh your language skills and enhance your ability to use Greek and Hebrew for teaching and preaching? Please join us for time together around the original biblical text, running over two days.

Book for the Language Refreshers, and download the programmes on these links:

Book here! Language Refreshers

Greek programme

Hebrew programme

Language level

The refreshers assume a 'beginner to intermediate' level of proficiency, with sessions designed to put the language of your choice to use in your ministry. We will focus not only on grammar and syntax, but also on:

• Reading with increased fluency

• Practising translation and exegesis in whole book context

• Using discourse analysis and other insights to read with the grain of the text

• Encouraging one another with ways to keep the languages alive and useful in ministry

Brad Bitner, who is leading the Greek Refresher, says: 'Our focus for the Greek sessions will be on reading fluently, reviewing grammar and syntax, and noting how the Greek helps us think through the theology and practical implications of the text.'

Eric Ortlund, who is leading the Hebrew Refresher, says: 'This will be a very easy review of grammar and syntax, with a lot of thought about how to preach this material.'

Only 15 places available

We have designed the refreshers to be as interactive and participative as possible. That means there is a maximum of 15 places available for each language option. Book early to avoid disappointment!

Optional meal out together

You'll also have the opportunity to gather for a group meal (which will include Greek and Hebrew participants all together) at a local restaurant on the Wednesday evening. We will make a block booking at a local restaurant and confirm details nearer the time, so at this stage, when booking your place on the Refresher, please indicate whether you are interested in joining this meal together.

School of Theology 2019

The day before our Language Refreshers, on Tuesday 9 July, we are holding the annual Oak Hill School of Theology. This year’s School explores the doctrine of humanity in the 21st century, and our theological and pastoral response to the leading challenges of our times. Find out more here: School of Theology 2019


There is limited accommodation available at Oak Hill on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday nights. Please book for accommodation when you book your place.


Language refresher: £80

School of Theology (Regular attendee): £35

School of Theology (Placement supervisor): £25

Overnight accommodation: £25 per night

Closing date for bookings

The closing date for bookings is Monday 10 June at 5pm. Full payment is required at the time of booking.

Book here! Language Refreshers 2019

Cancellations and refunds

Please note our policy for cancellations and refunds:

Cancel up to and including 10 June 2019: 100% refund

Cancel 11-23 June 2019: 50% refund

Cancel from 24 June 2019 onwards: no refund


If you have any queries about this event, or your booking, please email us here.

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To book your place for Why Get Ordained? please use the form below. If you have any queries about the day, please contact Clare Osborne by email or on 020 8449 0467 (ext 232).

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