Posts by John Brand

Posts by John Brand

Postcard From Poland: Day 5

I have often said that one of the greatest joys and privileges for a believer is to worship in a cross-cultural setting, and I experienced that again on Sunday. It’s a while since I had this experience and it was as much a blessing as ever. In the morning, I ministered at the Evangelical Church in Siedlce, where Adam serves as Assistant Pastor. This is the church he was converted in some 14 years ago, and which was planted by…

Postcard From Poland: Day 4

The third of our three day training conference focussed on preaching itself. Having laid the foundations of Doctrine of Scripture and Hermeneutics now we looked at the biblical basis and some biblical examples of expository preaching and then I introduced the men to the process I teach for the preparation and preaching of sermons. We had another new member of the group today, joining us by zoom, and as ever, I found these men to be hugely engaged with and…

Postcard From Poland: Day 3

There’s something special about opening the window blinds at 5am, as I did a short while ago in my flat in Warsaw, opening the door and seeing and feeling the strength of the sunshine – even at that time of the day. Last night, at the end of another hot and sticky day there was a thunderstorm with heavy rain and, though hot already, it is certainly much fresher this morning. This little flat is on the top floor of…

Postcard From Poland: Day 2

Our subject today, for the first of our three days of training, was the Doctrine of Scripture. This seemed the right place to start for a course on The Foundations of Preaching. We worked our way through the truths we believe about God’s Word and why it is vital to take a strong stand on each of them – inspiration, infallibility, inerrancy, authority, sufficiency, efficacy, clarity – if we are going to be preachers and teachers of God’s Word. Indeed,…

Postcard from Poland: Day 1

It’s exciting! After many months of planning, praying and dreaming – not to mention countless webchats, emails etc etc – this strategic vision of training for Polish preachers is about to come to fruition. I arrived in Warsaw this afternoon and, for once, the Ryanair flight actually left Edinburgh on time and arrived a few minutes early. I suspect disciplinary action awaits the pilot. Seriously though, I was grateful for a hassle free journey and it was a delight to…

Jesus The Evangelist

Next Wednesday, June 19th, is the final session in our online course on Evangelism and Pastor John MacKinnon will be back for a return visit, this time speaking about Jesus the Evangelist. John is on the pastoral team at Calderwood Baptist Church in East Kilbride, and is Director of Evangelism at The Word One to One. He brings many years of experience in this field to his input to the course and has an infectious enthusiasm for sharing the gospel. The session runs from 11.00am…

Evangelistic Preaching

There are just two more sessions in our online series on evangelism and the subject for this week is Evangelistic Preaching. Our speaker is Rev Dr Sandy Roger who has a wealth of experience in this area and whose ministry and input is always greatly appreciated. This session is on Wednesday 12th June and runs from 11.00am – 1.00pm on zoom. You can register for just this one session or also for the remaining one in the series. Registration is essential, as…

Children’s Evangelism

The next in our online series on evangelism is the all-important subject of Children’s Evangelism. Leading this session will be Simon Snodgrass who, with his wife Hannah, is on the staff of Child Evangelism Fellowship and is based in Scotland. This session is on Wednesday 5th June and runs from 11.00am – 1.00pm on zoom. You can register for just this one session or for others in the series. Registration is essential, as is payment in advance, and you can sign up here.…

Making a Church an Evangelistic Church

In our continuing online series on evangelism, we are looking forward to input next week from Pastor Craig Dyer. Now Pastor of Hamilton Baptist Church in Lanarkshire, Craig served for many years as Training Director with Christianity Explored and brings a wealth of experience to this session on Making a Church an Evangelistic Church. This session is on Wednesday 29th May and runs from 11.00am – 1.00pm on zoom. You can register for just this one session or for others in the…

Evangelism That Understands Today’s Culture

The next session in our online series on Evangelism is on Wednesday 22nd May and runs from 11.00am – 1.00pm on zoom. You can register for just this one session or for others in the series. Registration is essential, as is payment in advance, and you can sign up here. The cost is £20 per session. Martin Povey will be addressing the subject of Evangelism That Understands Today’s Culture. Martin became a Christian aged eight but was up and down in his faith…

Open-Air Evangelism

Next up in our online series on evangelism is the inimitable Vinny Commons. Vinny is based in Southport, Merseyside and was converted as a student in November 1979. Since then, he has travelled extensively preaching the gospel to all ages with a particular strength in young people’s work. He has a sports background, playing football to a high level, which he left to concentrate his energies on gospel work. He is a leader with United Beach Missions and was on the…

The Gospel In The Centre

In the earlier post about the Polish School for Preachers, Pastor Ben Layer made mention in his video of the online ministry of The Gospel in the Centre. We warmly commend this ministry to you and thought you might be interested in this article written by the European Mission Fellowship back in 2021 and taken from their website. Just over one year ago a website was launched by the leaders of the evangelical church in Siedlce, Poland – Ben Layer…

Polish School For Preachers

At the end of June, EBC’s Principal, Pastor John Brand, will be in Warsaw, Poland, for an exciting and strategic new venture. The Polish School For Preachers is the result of the vision and burden of Polish EBC Graduate, Pastor Adam Urban. Working with Adam and other national church leaders, John will be leading a three day conference which is the beginning of a three year training programme for Polish preachers and Bible teachers. The current plan is that this…

Evangelism That Understands Today’s Culture

Please note a change of date Martin Povey was due to be speaking on this subject on June 26th as part of our online course on evangelism. However, that date has now been changed to Wednesday 22nd May. The session runs from 11.00am – 1.00pm, on zoom, and you can register for just this one session or for others in the series. Registration is essential, as is payment in advance, and you can sign up here. The cost is £20 per…

Personal Evangelism

We got some great feedback from the students after yesterday’s session with Glen Scrivener and they’re looking forward to a return visit next Wednesday (8th) when Glen will be speaking on Personal Evangelism. The session runs from 11.00am – 1.00pm, on zoom, and you can register for just this one session or for others in the series. Registration is essential, as is payment in advance, and you can sign up here. The cost is £20 per session.

Looking for Bible Training?

Are you looking for some solid, inspirational and practical Bible Training? Are you looking for training that will not just inform but transform you? At EBC we are passionate about working together with local churches to see God’s people equipped for “every good work” (2 Timothy 3:17). Whether you sense a call to some sphere of ministry – be it pastoral, evangelistic, cross-cultural – or whether you simply want to get to know your God and your Bible better and…

EBC’s School For Preachers

At the heart of EBC’s vision and passion has always been the training and equipping of faithful, effective and passionate Bible preachers and teachers. EBC trained pastors and preachers are now active in ministry in USA, N Ireland, England, Scotland, Poland, Uganda and South Sudan. This summer, at the request of national church leaders, we will be beginning a training course for preachers in Poland. In order to make this training available to as many as possible, we have reformatted…

EBC Preachers’ Club

At the heart of EBC’s vision and passion has always been the training and equipping of faithful, effective and passionate Bible preachers and teachers. EBC trained pastors and preachers are now active in ministry in USA, N Ireland, England, Scotland, Poland, Uganda and South Sudan. This summer, at the request of national church leaders, we will be beginning a training course for preachers in Poland. A very profitable part of beginning and sustaining a preaching and teaching ministry is the…