At the Chateau on the Lake Hotel and Conference Center in Branson, Missouri
Polishing the Pulpit began with three friends getting together to brainstorm sermon ideas. We soon invited 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 larger event center in the Smoky Mountains. Attendance approached 1,000. Christians from other nations began coming.
“Why don’t you have classes for regular members?” we were asked. So we added the Spiritual Renewal Weekend, as well as tracks for members, teens, and children. Attendance passed 5,000.
That brings us to today. What does God have in store for PTP? Come and see!
Preachers from all over the world attend PTP. Whether you have been preaching for one year or fifty, you will enjoy the fellowship and benefit from the practical and textual classes at PTP.
PTP offers over 60 hours of instruction solely for elders. From legal advice, hiring practices, motivating members, church discipline, church growth, textual emphasis, to problem-solving we provide practical classes to help you lead your flock.
The souls of children, teens, and college students are invaluable to Christ. Those who teach them the Scriptures, convert them to Jesus, and help them grow to maturity in Christ, therefore, render eternal benefit to the kingdom. Find helpful lessons and materials in these PTP classes.
With over 100 classes for women, you can choose from textual studies taught from a woman’s point of view and topics including serving as a preacher/elder’s wife, teaching Bible classes, marriage/parenting, encouraging/supporting your husband, evangelizing, homeschooling, and much more.
PTP is sometimes assumed to be an event only for preachers, but it is great for “regular” Christians too. PTP offers classes relating to practically every area of Christians’ lives—spiritual growth, marriage/family, evangelism, answers the tough questions, and easy-to-understand but in-depth studies of important Bible topics.
Hundreds of teens come to PTP each year. Classes address subjects such as developing talents, finding your role in the church, friendship, resisting temptation, dating, proper use of technology, and preparing their faith for college. Late Nights at PTP are special times for youth to spend time in fellowship with one another by playing supervised games and enjoying devotionals and singing.