Northern Ireland Ministry Assembly

Equipping and Encouraging Preachers

Wise Faith for a Generation of Doubt

Cultivating wise faith from Ecclesiastes and the Cross

The Fourteenth Northern Ireland Ministry Assembly

The aim of our annual assembly is to encourage preachers. We firmly believe that when the Bible is opened and taught faithfully and relevantly the voice of God is heard in a living and powerful way. We therefore seek to encourage those engaged in preaching to see the exacting work of expounding Scripture as the pressing need in today's church. While the assembly, therefore, is mainly for those in current full-time preaching ministries, others are very welcome, especially students, apprentices and spouses of Christian workers.

NIMA 2019 poster


Photograph of Zack Eswine

Zack Eswine serves as pastor for Riverside Church, Webster Groves, Missouri and as Resident Scholar for the Francis Schaeffer Institute, Director of Homiletics at Covenant Theological Seminary in Saint Louis, Missouri.

Zack’s books include, The Imperfect Pastor, which received Christianity Today’s Book of the Year award 2016, in the category of Church/Pastoral Leadership, and Preaching to a Post-Everything World, recipient of Preaching Today’s Book of the Year Award, 2008. In addition Zack has written a commentary called ‘Recovered Eden: The Gospel According to Ecclesiastes’ published by P&R.

Photograph of Garry Williams

Garry Williams is a faculty member at London Seminary, where he also oversees the work of the Pastor’s Academy. As well as lecturing in systematic theology, church history and contemporary studies, he supervises pastors who work on doctrinal topics for their study projects. He is Visiting Professor of Historical Theology at Westminster Theological Seminary (Philadelphia) and Adjunct Professor of Historical Theology at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary (Michigan). He serves as an ordained elder at ChristChurch, Harpenden. Garry has authored several books including His Love Endures For Ever: Reflections on the Love of God and Silent Witnesses: Lessons on Theology, Life, and the Church from Christians of the Past.


Maze Presbyterian Church, 47 Kesh Rd, Lisburn BT27 5RR (situated between Lisburn and Moira)
How to get there: From the M1 take the Sprucefield exit and follow the signs for Hillsborough/Dublin/Newry onto the dual carriageway. After 1 mile and at the top of the hill you will see a sign pointing right for Culcavy (and a brown sign for Down Royal Racecourse – if you follow these signs you'll arrive at the church!). This road is Harrys Road. Travel for 1 mile, go straight across the cross-roads, and onto Aghnatrisk Road, which again is 1 mile long. At this cross-roads turn right – past houses and a Methodist church. Once over the motorway bridge the Church is on the left – in total it's just over 3 miles from Sprucefield. See for map.


Monday 11 November
(10 a.m. to 4.30 p.m.)
to Tuesday 12 November 2019 (9.30 a.m. to 3.30 p.m.)

Audio Recordings

Audio recordings of the sessions are now available for free download.