Training Weekends

Next RZIM Training Weekend

Date: 10 – 12 October 2014

Venue: RZIM, 76 Banbury Road, Oxford, OX2 6JT (non-residential)

Cost: £125

Accommodation: Please note that this is the first weekend to be held on a non-residential basis, running from the morning of the Friday to the afternoon of the Sunday. The cost of attending does not therefore include accommodation, although the teaching material and some meals (lunch and supper) are provided. Please note that we strongly recommend booking early, as, if left to the last minute, weekend accommodation can be more difficult to find in Oxford. For suggestions of places to say, see the ‘Accommodation Guide’ below (at the bottom of this page).


Booking for the next RZIM Training Weekend Phase 1 & Phase 3 are now open. Bookings are taken over the phone, so please call the office on 01865 302900 and either Liz or Steph will be able to take your booking for you. Payment will be by credit/debit card so please ensure that you have this to hand when you call.

The weekend will see Phase 1 and Phase 3 running alongside each other, so both new and returning delegates (those who have done Phase 1 or 3) are welcome to book on. If you have been before and are unsure which Phase you have done, then please contact the office.

The Weekends

Spread over three long-weekends in the year, the course provides in depth teaching in apologetics and the spiritual disciplines. Our aim is to equip each participant to be a dynamic witness in whatever context God has placed them in, by helping them to grapple with the heartfelt questions and intellectual challenges of apologetics, as well as to grow significantly in spiritual life and character. The training is structured to allow for a lot of interaction with speakers and opportunities to ask questions. Meaningful and lasting friendships with like-minded Christians are also forged at the weekends.

Course Content Includes:

Phase 1

  • Conversational Apologetics
  • Spiritual Disciplines
  • Logical Fallacies
  • The Cross

Phase 2

  • New Atheism
  • Postmodernism
  • The Problem of Pain
  • The Origin of the Universe

Phase 3

  • Eastern Spirituality
  • Islam
  • Ethics and Judgement
  • The Reliability of the Bible

Accommodation Guide

There are many different forms of accommodation in Oxford and they range from the more expensive hotels to cheaper accommodation in a college or bed and breakfast. Please note that we strongly recommend booking early and we also also recommend shopping around online (and checking the reviews), as you can sometimes find discounted deals. If you are intending to drive then please check with the hotel about their parking arrangements (as some hotels do not provide parking) and also bear in mind that traveling through the city can be slow during rush hour.

The closest places to stay are:

St Hugh’s College (Directly opposite the venue). College rooms rented out to guests for around £50 a night (on

81 Banbury Road (200m from the venue) A guest house run by Tim and Miriam (friends of the ministry). Normally £80 per night, but prices negotiable on length of stay (mention that you are coming to an RZIM event): 01865 557236

Cotswold Lodge Hotel (200m from the venue) Rooms approximately £170 per night (through

Best Western Linton Lodge (250m from the venue). Rooms range from around £100 a night (without breakfast) to around £115 with it (book through their website).

The Galaxie Hotel (0.5 miles from the venue): Rooms from around £80 a night (

Rewley House: (0.8 miles from the venue): Student accommodation from around £67 a night (via

The Buttery: (1 mile from the venue): City centre accommodation from £80 upwards (through their website).

Other options: There are many different bed and breakfasts on the Banbury Road that are over a mile away from the venue, but which can be accessed easily by bus (as there are regular buses to and from the centre). These include Cotswold House and Burlington House.  There are also many hotels in the city centre, although these tend to be more expensive than those outside of it.