About the Programme

The CEP Course seeks to train and equip

faithful expositors of God's Word

for local churches and gospel ministries

Why another course on preaching?

Most churches recognise that effective faithful preaching and teaching of God’s Word occupies a central role in the local church. Yet many also readily acknowledge that, while leadership and ministry training programmes abound, intentional training and nurturing of preachers and teachers who can rightly and effectively handle the Word remains one of the most pressing needs in the local church.

The CEP Course addresses this gap by focusing specifically on expository preaching. Through a combination of classroom instruction, model expositions, and extensive hands-on exercises in small groups, the CEP Course will teach and model six core principles of expository preaching (adopted from Charles Simeon Trust):

  • Staying on the line of Scripture, never straying above or below.
  • Letting the Bible shape our frameworks rather than letting our frameworks shape our ‘interpretations’ of the Bible.
  • Teaching the emphasis of our text well by first apprehending the structure.
  • Understanding how the original audience understood a text in order to know how it applies today.
  • Understanding the whole book in order to better handle each specific text.
  • Showing the Gospel at every point in order to teach the Bible as Christians.

Who should attend this course?


The CEP Course is designed to serve men and women from different denominations, ethnic groups, ages and academic backgrounds. Our primary focus is to equip those who preach regularly, though we believe the Course will benefit anyone with responsibilities in imparting the Word in various contexts, including women’s ministry workers, youth and children’s workers, campus ministry leaders, etc.

No prior theological education is necessary, except perhaps a good command of written and spoken English and a firm commitment to the trustworthiness and sufficiency of Scripture for ministry and godliness.

This course is an ideal preparatory course for those preparing to pursue full-time theological education. It can also serve as refresher training for those in regular preaching and teaching ministries.

course structure, content & commitment


MODULE COURSES CONTENT COMMITMENT
Foundations of Preaching
  • Fundamentals of Expository Preaching
  • An Overview of the Bible

12 weeks,
36 hours

Preaching Biblical Genres: New Testament
  • Preaching Gospels and Acts, Epistles, Apocalyptic
  • Gobbets*
11 weeks,
33 hours
Preaching Biblical Genres: Old Testament
  • Preaching Law, Narrative, Wisdom and Prophets
  • Gobbets*
11 weeks,
33 hours
Theology and Preaching
  • Biblical Theology & Preaching
  • Systematic Theology & Preaching
  • Gobbets*
11 weeks,
33 hours

*Gobbets are small group sessions during which each student is required to present the main idea (theme), aim, and in turn, a preaching outline of an assigned Bible passage.

Each module requires a weekly commitment of about 10 hours of contact time and another 8-10 hours of preparation time. A typical week during the CEP Course would be as set out in the schedule below.

9.00am

Exposition + Q&A

9.40am

Instruction 1

10.20am

Break

10.30am

Instruction 2 (Group discussion)
Small group work (Gobbets)

12.00pm

Close

Students will be assessed according to three sections as detailed below:

  • Weekly study questions
  • Small Groups workshop - practice talk, outlines, big idea presentations
  • Reading reports (2,000 words)

Other than the Foundations of Preaching module which is a prerequisite for all the other modules, students can choose the order in which the modules are undertaken.

Course Fee


Each course costs RM 1,900 to run. Through sponsorships, CEP offers subsidised fees:

Foundations Course RM650
Other CEP Courses RM 600 per module

2023 Course Prospectus


I warmly recommend the CEP Course for anyone wanting to handle God’s word accurately and relevantly for contemporary times. In an age when the preaching of God’s word is weak, where heresies abound and ignorance of the Bible grows, more than ever the church in Malaysia needs stronger biblical preaching and people who can teach and preach the Bible well. The church grows deeply under the word, and more than ever the need is there to preach well.

PAUL BARKER, Anglican Bishop for Jumbunna, Melbourne

It has been my privilege to follow closely the development of CEP and to say that I am glad it has now come to fruition would be an understatement. I am very gratified and grateful to our Lord Jesus Christ that at long last we have a centre locally for the specific purpose of training preachers of the infallible Word of God. I heartily commend those who have been involved in its formation, and recommend it to all who have been called to preach God's Word. Its balanced curriculum of biblical-theological-practical emphases and its wider connections via KVBC's legacy of promoting expository preaching, stand in good stead to meet our need for training preachers who can rightly handle God's Word in our day.

ONG MENG-CHAI, Former Associate Director of CEP

As a youth ministry worker who seeks to share God's Word with students across schools and churches in Malaysia, the importance of developing skills to handle the Bible correctly and to teach and preach from the Scriptures faithfully cannot be understated.

I am thankful for the way the CEP course has helped train and equip ministry workers of Scripture Union as they seek to reach young ones with God's Word. I highly recommend this course to all teachers and preachers of the Word.

MARIANNE LIAW, Scripture Union Team Leader of Central Region