What is the task?

To enable people to teach and apply the Bible to different areas of life and ministry in ways which are relevant and effective.

Who is it for?

Anyone who wishes to develop a good grasp of the Bible, its interpretation and application. It is ideal for those who are on a ministry apprenticeship scheme, Bible study leaders, children and youth workers, those involved in leadership positions, those who have retired or are in part time employment. Basically Yorkshire Training is ideal for anyone who wishes to grapple with the Bible more deeply. It is designed so you can get to grips with the Theology and doctrines of the Christian Faith, understand the Bible in its historical and literary context, and apply it in a relevant and meaningful way in our contemporary culture.

Where is it?

Yorkshire Training uses the facilities at ChristChurch Xscape, Castleford. This can be easily accessed from Junction 32 on the M62 and is serviced by regular Train and Bus Services.

How much does it cost?

The course costs £130 per term (payable each term), that works out at £390 for a years tuition.

When is it?

Yorkshire Training meets on a Thursday from 9:30am - 3:15pm. It runs for three, 10 week terms based on school holiday and half term patterns. The course lasts two years, but new students can enrol in any year, as the course is designed on a rolling cycle. The course is flexible enough to allow people to take only one year and then return and complete the final year when circumstances allow. It is therefore suitable for anyone in a ministry position or other employment who is able to take the day out to study.

Who runs it and what happens?

YT is the training course of the Yorkshire Gospel Partnership. The Director is Melvin Tinker, Senior Minister of St John, Newland in Hull. Other speakers include Ken Armstrong (Pastor of Bessacarr Evangelical Church), Dr Richard Hawes (St John, Newland) and Al Gooderham (Pastor of Grace Church Doncaster).

The main aim is to enable students to be as familiar with as much of the Bible as possible and to appreciate its variety and its overall unity with its focus on the Lord Jesus Christ. There are sessions on Biblical Interpretation, communicating the Bible, how it fits together (Biblical Theology), the major doctrines (Systematic Theology) as well as covering in varying depths the different books of the Bible (Genesis, Deuteronomy, Job, Ezekiel, Psalms, Matthew, 1 Corinthians, Galatians etc). There are workshops to help people develop their skills in preaching and leading group Bible studies. We also deal with practical and pastoral topics which will assist people to apply their Biblical knowledge to a whole variety of situations (e.g. Bereavement, Evangelism, Apologetics, Sexuality, church planting, working in teams and so on). There is plenty of time for questions and discussion- as well as great fellowship with other students.

There is a one year option or two year option in attending the course.

‘Taking part in Yorkshire training has not only helped me grasp the big picture of the Bible Story at a deep and rich level, but has also intensified my enjoyment of God’s Word each day.’


“It's been a real joy being at YT. It's turned theology into something living and active, and it's helped me read my Bible with greater confidence and insight.”


The aim of Yorkshire Training is to equip people for effective Bible ministry in the 21st Century and is run under the umbrella of the Yorkshire Gospel Partnership.

The course is open to anyone who wants to improve their own understanding of the Bible and the Christian faith, and is ideal for those teaching and handling the Bible in any context, such as one-to-one, in small groups, to young people, students, senior citizens, refugees or mixed congregations.

You may already be in a recognised ministry position, or simply wanting to serve God in your church context. If so, Yorkshire Training is for you. The task of teaching the Bible is both thrilling and demanding. Yorkshire Training can give you the tools for the task.

Biblical Theology

This helps us get to grips with the 'big picture' of God's unfolding drama of revelation in the Bible. It allows the Bible to tell its own story in its own terms - an exciting tour de force through God's Word.

Systematic Theology

This brings together in an organised and systematic way what the Bible has to say on any given topic, e.g. Creation, Fall, Redemption, Revelation, The Trinity, the Person and Work of Christ, the Holy Spirit, the Church, Judgement and the Second Coming. To help us to understand these things we shall be working with the Nicene Creed.

Biographical Theology

This involves learning about key doctrines through the lives of people who have helped give them clear expression for the church. By concentrating on their lives as well as their teaching, we hope to show that all of God's Word has a practical life-changing dimension. This also assists in understanding something of church history.

Principles of Exposition

The Bible is a big book, and made up of lots of different types of literature. How do we make sure we interpret and apply it properly? Principles of exposition will help us discover how.


The principles are shown in practice as we work in some detail through different parts of the Bible, e.g. the Book of Ruth, Jonah, Revelation, James and Matthew. In each case the practical implications of the books will be teased out.


This is over to you! With the guidance of some experienced Bible teachers, you will be given the opportunity to put into practice what you have learnt - preparing short talks, Bible studies, sermons etc.

Practical Ministry

We are very privileged to have several guest lecturers who are experienced Bible practitioners working in a variety of situations. Topics to be covered include: getting the gospel across, guarding your spiritual life, handling conflict, working in a team, apologetics and church planting.

Over to you

As with every course, you get out what you are willing to put in. It is a great privilege to be trained in this way and to be part of a committed group of people - the fellowship itself is worth coming for!

All you need to bring is a Bible, writing material, and a packed lunch.


‘I thoroughly enjoyed my time on the Yorkshire Training course, I felt helpfully equipped and trained to give my head, heart and hands in the service of the Lord Jesus.’


Melvin Tinker is the Vicar of St John, Newland, Hull. He has been in full time ministry for 25 years, and is a well known Bible teacher.

He is especially committed to teaching the Bible in a way which presents the timeless truths of God to contemporary culture. He has had published several books, including, 'Why do bad things happen to good people?', 'Close Encounters', 'Alien Nation' and 'Evangelical Concerns', as well as over 40 articles on different aspects of theology and ministry. He is married with three grown-up sons and is keen on walking and films.

Ken Armstrong is the pastor of Bessacarr Evangelical Church. Prior to entering Christian ministry he was a primary school teacher in Edinburgh. He has been an assistant minister (Charlotte Chapel, Edinburgh) followed by 15 years as pastor of Wishaw Baptist Church in Lanarkshire before moving south to Doncaster. He is married to Margaret, and they have 3 grown-up children. He is a governor of one of the local secondary schools, plays squash, and likes hill walking and watching rugby.

Richard Hawes is a Ministry Assistant at St John, Newland, Hull where he is responsible for writing small group Bible Study material, biblical research and bridging the gap between academic theological studies and the church. Richard gained a PhD in Biblical studies (Old Testament) in 2010. He has been involved in small group ministry for over 10 years, as well as working for a year with UCCF as an Associate Staff Worker with responsibilities for theological students. His teaching interests focus on Biblical backgrounds, literary genre and church history. He is also the secretary for the Biblical Archaeology forum of the Tyndale Fellowship.

Richard is Married to Helen (a local GP) and has two children Rose (b. 1998) and Thomas (b. 2005). Richard enjoys historical wargaming, board gaming and cooking. The whole family are also members of the the English Civil War reenactment society the Sealed Knot.

Alastair Gooderham is pastor of Grace Church, Doncaster a church plant he led from Bessacarr Evangelical Church after time there as assistant pastor. Before entering the ministry he was a teacher in Bolton. He is married to Lucy and has 4 boys of Primary School age who keep him active and tired. He is Chair of Governors of the local Primary School, loves playing most sports, driving mini’s and watching non-Premier League football.


‘I have found Yorkshire Training to be both challenging and enriching, enabling me to deepen my understanding of God's word and how to share it with others’

“Over the last two years YT has helped me grow in my understanding of the Bible, and having the opportunity to see how God's Word speaks into all of life's situations has been invaluable in my teaching, pastoral care and evangelism."

Dates 2013-2014

Term 1 10 weeks

25th Sep - 11th Dec 2014
Half term 30th Oct

Term 2 10 weeks

15th Jan - 26th Mar 2015
Half term 19th Feb

Term 3 10 weeks

23rd Apr - 2nd Jul 2015
Half term 28th May

Daily Schedule

 9.30 –  9.45Thought for the Day
 9.45 – 10:45 Session 1
11:00 – 12:00 Session 2
12:00 – 12:45 Lunch
12:45 – 13:45 Workshops
14:00 – 15:15 Session 3

Getting there

By Road: The Xscape Centre is accessed from the M62 at junction 32.

By Rail: Glasshoughton rail station is opposite Xscape.

Enter via the main front doors of the leisure complex and walk through the ground floor to the stairs. At the top of the stairs, turn left and enter the Christ Church unit.

Christ Church Xscape
Colorado Way
West Yorkshire
WF10 4TA


For more information and an application form contact Richard Hawes.
email: richard@ygp.org.uk