ESG 2020 – Preaching in the Time of Covid – June 5th, 3.30pm

Thursday 28 May, 2020

In a change to the advertised programme, we are delighted to announce that, for this year’s Edwin Stephen Griffiths lecture, we are going to engage with some completely up-to-the-minute research by Rev’d Dr Rob Beamish. He has been studying how preachers have been talking about God during the Coronavirus lockdown period, and will bring some recommendations for our future communications.

Proclamation in the Time of Covid: Disrupting the Disruption by Declaring the Dominant Disruptor

The session will be online in two parts:

  1. Rob will present a 20-minute summary video of his findings. We will release this on Wednesday 3rd June. Please watch the video in advance of…
  2. We will have a 1-hour discussion on Zoom, with Rob, about his findings, on Friday 5th June, at 3.30pm.
    This promises to be an excellent opportunity to understand more about how churches have responded to the current crisis, and how it has shaped our proclamation. To register, and for more information, please see the posters (English, Welsh) and go to


Rob says,

The social responses to the Covid-19 infection have resulted in the most significant changes to Christian meetings in generations. Many have changed both their pattern and medium of delivery. But what of the content of this continued proclamation? In particular, how have preachers spoken about God and and the virus during this lockdown period? This lecture draws on an on-going project exploring Baptist preaching at this time and offers recommendations on how we might continue to ‘preach the word in season and out of season.’

The Rev’d Dr Rob Beamish is the minister of Princes Drive Baptist Church, Colwyn Bay. He is the author of Preaching in a Time of Crisis (Cambridge: Grove, 2019).

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