Worship Pastor Coaching Track

2019 intake is now closed

The Worship Pastor Coaching Track will run from September 2019 to December 2020 and will be led by The Worship Foundation (Neil Bennetts & Chloe Anderson) and St Aldates Worship (Jamie Thomson, Lauren Harris and Tom Read) in association with New Wine Worship (Chris Sayburn).


At its heart the WPCT aims to see worship pastors develop deep foundations for long term effective worship ministry. It is aimed at worship pastors who are involved in overseeing worship teams, training other leaders in their church or for church plants, or who have, or are needing to grow into, a regional role developing worship training programs (for example as part of a Resource Church). The WPCT will be limited to 15 people.

The WPCT is led by Neil Bennetts, a worship leader and pastor of 35 years experience, an author, songwriter and theologian, and currently the CEO of The Worship Foundation. St Aldates Worship is led by Jamie Thomson, Lauren Harris and Tom Read, and has pioneered local church song-writing, recording and publishing worship ministry in Oxford. New Wine Worship is led by Chris Sayburn, and seeks to serve, encourage and commission the local church by building local worship communities as part of New Wine, a network of 2000 churches.

Some of the other contributors to the WPCT 2019-2020 are: Brian Doerksen (Vineyard Canada), Christy Wimber (Vineyard, US) , Nicola Neal (Everylife International) Simon Ponsonby, Charlie and Anita Cleverly (St Aldates, Oxford), Chris Lawson-Jones (New Wine Worship).

Neil Bennetts

Neil Bennetts

Brian Doerksen

Brian Doerksen

Nicola Neal

Nicola Neal

Simon Ponsonby

Simon Ponsonby

Christy Wimber

Christy Wimber

Chloe Anderson

Chloe Anderson


Biblical TheologY OF worship

Participants will explore the deep narrative of worship throughout the scriptures, understanding the connection between worship, the presence of God and the Kingdom of God and practical application for local church worship ministry. (No previous experience or academic qualifications required).

This area will be facilitated by Neil Bennetts, who has Masters in Theology from WTC, and will be foundational to the rest of the course. The teaching will be interactive, engaging and stretching.

There will be a reading list sent to each participant in advance.

songwriting recording and publishing.

We anticipate that participants will come with varying degrees of previous experience, but with a shared desire to start, or grow in songwriting for the church. There will be specific sessions devoted to songwriting, facilitated by St Aldates’ Worship (Jamie Thomson, Lauren Harris and Tom Read).

We’ll be looking at ways in which local teams can build their own worship song ministry, production, and industry frameworks of royalties, CCLI, licensing and distribution. Please note that although there will be contributions from industry experts, there will be no requirement for participants to publish songs with any particular publisher.


Over the course of the program we will be working on how we grow in our pastoring of others, and in growing our own prophetic voice. We will also have specific content on worship with respect to raising up other worship leaders, church planting and dynamics of resource churches.

self-care and sustainability

This part of the program will look at how worship pastors care for themselves and sustain ministry for the long term, including how to think through, and prepare for, possible long-term career development options.


Each participant will have three one-to-one sessions with either Neil Bennetts, Jamie Thomson, Lauren Harris or Chris Sayburn. Delegates can choose whether to have these face to face (in either Cheltenham or Oxford), or via Skype or Facetime.

Course Dates

Seven 2-day gatherings - five in Cheltenham and two in Oxford to study, share, write songs and grow together. The sessions take place a Wednesday (10am-9pm) and Thursday (10am - 5pm).

Three One-to-ones with either Neil Bennetts, Jamie Thomson, Lauren Harris or Chris Sayburn.

Participants will need to do some course reading, prepare presentations and also do songwriting collaboration outside of these times.

Provisional Dates:

(Dates will be finalised by the time the applications open on 1st April).

September 2019 CHELTENHAM Wednesday 25th and Thursday 26th September, Cheltenham.

October 2019 One-to-Ones.

November 2019 OXFORD Wednesday 6th and Thursday 7th November, St Aldates Oxford.

January 2020 CHELTENHAM Wednesday 15th and Thursday 16th January, Cheltenham

February 2020 One-to-Ones.

April 2020 CHELTENHAM Wednesday April 1st and Thursday April 2nd, Cheltenham.

June 2020 CHELTENHAM Wednesday 17th June and Thursday 18th June, Trinity Cheltenham.

September 2020 OXFORD Wednesday 16th and Thursday 17th September, St Aldates Oxford

October 2020 One-to-Ones.

November 2020 CHELTENHAM Thursday 25th and Thursday 26th Cheltenham Including Graduation Ceremony.

Cost and Applications

The cost will be £1,200 per participant (equivalent to £300 per term over four terms). This will cover all materials, and teaching content. Participants will be responsible for their own travel and accommodation for each session.

The WPCT is limited to 15 places.

To apply, please contact Neil Bennetts: neilbennetts@theworshipfoundation.org. We will register your interest and send you a simple application form that will need to be filled in.

Applications open on 1st April 2019.

The application deadline is Friday June 14th 2019.

Successful applicants reserve their place with a £100 non-refundable deposit on acceptance of their application. The balance of the fees (£1,100) are due by 30th June (for those accepted before 30th June) or within two weeks (for those accepted after 30th June). A payment plan could be possible in certain circumstances - please contact us for details.

Cancellations will be possible provided an alternative delegate can be found, although the £100 deposit will not be refunded.

Please note this is not an accredited course although a certificate will be presented on completion.

A bursary may be available. Please contact neilbennetts@theworshipfoundation.org.