Polishing the Pulpit

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Date(s) - 23 Aug 2013 until 29 Aug 2013
12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

Sevierville Events Center


Polishing the Pulpit began with three friends getting together to brainstorm sermon ideas. We soon invited a few other friends and someone said, “This is great! We should tell others.” We did and invited a speaker to discuss sermon preparation and give sample sermons. Interest increased; more speakers were invited. We moved to a hotel conference area. We dreamed big. “Let’s invite the best speakers in the brotherhood and see who we can get.” They came. Wives wanted in, so we added women’s classes. While these great speakers were assembled in one place, we decided to offer classes for elders. They loved it. People began coming from all over the country. Youth workers and deacons became interested. We added tracks for them. PTP moved to a large event center in the Smoky Mountains. Attendance approached 1000. Christians from other nations began coming. “Why don’t you have classes for regular members?” we were asked. So we added a Spiritual Renewal Weekend, as well as tracks for members, teens, and children. Attendance surpassed 1400. In 2010 we held the largest PTP ever with 102 speakers and worship leaders, 10 concurrent sessions each hour, 375 separate classes spread over seven days. A Spanish-language track was added. We exceeded our attendance goal, set at 2000. The official count was 2046 people.