CURRENT PROJECT - POLAND

Akademia Homiletyczna (Academy of Homiletics)

The work of the Biblical Preaching Society began in a local church in Canada.  The Living Prophets’ Society, a school of preaching for men and women from among the congregation of Cobble Hill Christian Church on Vancouver Island, morphed into a charitable organization which is now the Biblical Preaching Society.  The first project of the newly founded Society was to offer its program in an international setting.  Following God’s leading, we stepped through a door that opened in Poland.  There we founded Akademia Homiletyczna (The Academy of Homiletics).

In Poland, our program came to life on the foundation of the work of the Langham Partnership International, a John Stott Ministry. A three year program of preaching conferences facilitated by Langham surfaced the homiletic leaders within the country. At the end of the third year, a group of Polish speaking teachers and preachers created the Polish branch of the Biblical Preaching Society.

A couple of godly Polish businessmen, Zbigniew I Jarek Ciesielscy, moved by the hand of God, offered the freshly formed Akademia Homiletyczna a home in a renovated complex in the city of Radom. In the meantime, the Polish leadership of the Academy approached Alians Ewangeliczny (Evangelical Alliance) a consortium of evangelical denominations within the country, for the organizationís approval of our plans to create a program seeking to help Polish pastors and teachers reframe their lives and ministry on the sole foundation of Godís Word. The leadership of the Academy also approached the three evangelical seminaries in the country asking for their endorsement and cooperation. With the support and blessing of the evangelical community, Akademia Homiletyczna commenced in Radom in 2005 with a group of 24 students.

After the initial three years, we changed the program to a two-year, tri-annual format. We also enlarged our Polish leadership team. At the end of the third year, we were invited to make our home in Zakosciele, a conference centre just outside of Warsaw. Here we have continued to offer the program for the past 3 years.

To date two cohorts of students have graduated. We are presently engaged in offering the course to a third cohort of students comprising the third installment of Akademia Homiletyczna.

To date two cohorts of students have graduated. We are presently engaged in offering the course to a third cohort of students comprising the third installment of Akademia Homiletyczna.

The past seven years have allowed us to see the life-transforming, paradigm-changing impact of the program. We have seen lives transformed by the power of Godís Word. We have seen the impact of our graduates on their local churches. Godís transforming power, which comes through His word, has inspired us to continue to reach new areas of Poland in our quest to change the theological landscape of the country.