DEEPER is an annual three-evening conference held in the spring each year. It aims to offer high quality evangelical preaching by inviting conference speakers who share our passion to ‘thoroughly equip’ God’s people today. Read more…

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Deeper 2024

We will post Ken’s Sunday teaching here once it’s uploaded to YouTube. Do come back in a week’s time to check for any updates.

We’re delighted to be partnering with LICC (London Institute for Contemporary Christianity) to explore the call to live more like Jesus every day — wherever we go and in whatever we do. Rev Ken Benjamin (20 years experience as a church minister, former President of the Baptist Together, and now Director of Church Relations LICC) will help us GO DEEPER into the call to whole-life discipleship through Bible teaching on Sunday 21 April and then their dynamic Vision Tour will build on this on Tuesday 23 April (see video below).

Both evenings are free (with donations welcome for the work of LICC) but you do need to sign up for both so we can plan accordingly.


MAR 2023: Mad, Bad & Dangerous to Read? (Helen Paynter)
Click here to find the slides from each evening.

This is the Deeper 2023 poster. This free event with Speaker Reverend Doctor Helen Paynter is titled Mad, Bad ad Dangerous to Read? Discovering God's goodness in three thorny issues in Scripture. Friday 17th March, the conquest of Canaan; Saturday 18th March, sexual violence; Sunday 19th March, domestic abuse. All run from 7.30pm until 9.30pm in person or on Zoom. 

For some people, discovering violence in the Bible is a horrible shock — "How can the 'Good Book' contain such graphic scenes?" For others, discovering violence in the Bible provides an endorsement for their own violent actions — "The Bible tells me it's okay!" But in fact, God's word is woven through with his goodness and his grace – goodness and grace that we can discover at even its thorniest points. Sign up for the evenings you'd like attend below, or send an email to for help, and come prepared to wrestle with a different text and thorny issue each evening, with no questions out of bounds!

SEP 2021: A Family Crisis, A Family Solution (Andy Castle)
“Before the pandemic, 98% of children and young people were not connected to a local church—now it’s even more desperate. Why are we getting it so wrong when it comes to reaching and discipling the next generation and how can we change this following this pandemic?” Click below to listen to Andy’s reflections from Matthew’s gospel. To select another session, click on the icon in the top right-hand corner of the video. Click here to find the session notes.

MAR 2021: PHILEMON: Freedom Through Forgiving (Dr John Andrews)
“Forgiveness is one of the greatest challenges in any culture…but if we can embrace forgiveness, freedom awaits! Click below to listen to one John’s six talks. To select another session, click on the icon in the top right-hand corner of the video. Click here to find the session notes.


Click here to find audio recordings pre-2020 (select TOPICS).

What is Deeper?

DEEPER is an annual three-evening conference held in the spring each year. It aims to offer high quality evangelical preaching by inviting conference speakers who share our passion to ‘thoroughly equip’ God’s people today.

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NIV)

Deeper is delighted to be a member of the Keswick Fellowship

Each year we invite a guest speaker to take us deeper into God’s Word, either by focusing on a topic, a doctrine or specific section of the Bible. A list of previous speakers can be found below.

Running this event over three consecutive nights enables us to engage with the Bible in a slightly different way than our Sunday teaching allows. The longer time frame hopefully also helps all who hear bed deeper roots as we seek to grow as followers of Jesus.

what shape DOES THE event take?

Each evening starts at 7.30pm with a time of prayer and sung worship. This is followed by two sessions of teaching (30-40 mins each) with a short refreshment break in the middle — this hopefully gives you some time to process what you’ve heard and perhaps note down some questions for our speaker. Some speakers also provide notes you can download; recordings of the event are often available, subject to the speaker’s wishes. Click here to find audio recordings pre-2020 (select TOPICS).


Whilst we aim to dig deeper into God’s Word and take it seriously, we do not want to do this for the sole purpose of head knowledge—transformation of our hearts and hands is just as important. So we have three aims:
      1. To help grow followers of Jesus: rooted in the teaching of God’s Word (head), allowing the Spirit to transform us (hearts) to live this out wherever we go and in whatever we do (hands);
      2. To bless the local Christian community with a free, quality, discipleship event;
      3. To enable more people to gain access to God’s word by supporting the work of Bible translators.


As a free discipleship event, we also want to ensure we keep our focus on mission. Therefore, in recognising how blessed we are to have such easy access to God’s living word in so many translations, each evening we welcome donations to support the work of Wycliffe Bible Translators. If you can afford to give—that’s amazing! If not, don’t worry—still come along; we don’t want anyone to miss out on this opportunity to go deeper in their walk with Jesus.

If you work the words into your life, you are like a smart carpenter
who dug deep and laid the foundation of his house on bedrock.

Luke 6:48 (The Message)


Apr 2024 Ken Benjamin Director of Church Relations, LICC
If Jesus Lived Your Life… — Exploring whole-life discipleship

Mar 2023 Dr Revd Helen Paynter Director of the Centre for the Study of Bible and Violence (Bristol Baptist College), Author
Mad, Bad & Dangerous to Read: Discovering God’s goodness in three thorny issues in Scripture

Mar 2022      Cancelled due to the speaker being unwell

Sept 2021      Andy Castle Thrive Youth Ministries [Deeper Extra]
A Family Crisis, A Family Solution

Mar 2021      Dr John Andrews Apostolic Team of One Church, Author
Freedom Through Forgiving: Studies in Philemon

Mar 2020      Cancelled due to Covid-19

Mar 2019      Derek Burnside Principal of Capernwray Hall Bible School
Keeping in step with the Spirit: Studies in the third person of the Trinity

Mar 2018      Richard Powney and Gavin Calver Evangelical Alliance
Making Jesus Known: Insights from Acts

Mar 2017      Richard Briggs Lec in OT and Dir. of Bib Stud in Cramner Hall
Daniel and 21st Century Discipleship

Mar 2016      Stephen Gaukroger former Dir. of Clarion Trust Int., Author
Snatching Victory from the Jaws of defeat: Studies in Jude

Sept 2015      Sharon Dirckx & Tanya Walker Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics [Deeper’s 10th Anniversary celebration]
If God exists then why is there so much suffering? How can I know?

Feb 2015        Ian Coffey Former Dir. of Saltmine/EA, VP at Moorlands, Author
Postcards From the Edge: Finding God in hard places

Mar 2014       Mike Reeves Author, Theologian-at-large at Wales Evangelical School of Theology
The Trinity: Enjoying Father, Son and Spirit

Mar 2013       Ian Coffey Former Dir. of Saltmine/EA, VP at Moorlands, Author
Back to the Future: Exploring book of Acts

Sep 2012         Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali Former General Secretary of CMS, Bishop of Rochester
Christian Confidence in a Secular World [5th Anniversary celebration]    

Mar 2012         Krish Kandiah Author, Exec Director in Mission for the EA
Paradoxology: Worshipping the God we don’t always understand

Mar 2011         Jonathan Lamb Author, Director of Langham Preaching
From ‘Why?’ to Worship – Learning from Habakkuk’s journey to faith

Mar 2010         Peter Lewis Minister at Cornerstone Church, Nottingham
The Big Issues (Eph. 1)

Mar 2009         Derek Tidball Principal of LST, former Chair of EA Council
Restoring God’s Masterpiece: Holiness Revisited

Feb 2008          Steve Brady Principal of Moorlands College
Spirit Empowered Living: Practical faith for everyday life (Eph. 5 & 6)

Feb 2007          Glen Marshall Tutor at Northern Baptist College 
Christ Over All – Studies in Colossians

Feb 2006          Michael Ramsden European Director of The Zacharias Trust       

Downloads from previous years