Until a few years ago, I had no idea what Polishing the Pulpit was. Even then, when I first heard of it, I thought it was “just a preacher’s seminar.” Now I know better…and I am so thankful. Our family spent the past week in Sevierville, TN, in the incredibly beautiful Great Smoky Mountains, attending an event that was definitely not just for preachers.
The printed program dubs PTP “a life-changing event to refresh the spirits” of all Christians…“a spiritual boost”…and that’s exactly what it was. While there, the same word kept popping into my head over and over: WOW!
122 speakers from 13 states
476 different classes in multiple tracks
2351 people in attendance
Not only were there class tracks for preachers, youth ministers, elders, and deacons; there were also tracks for teens, women, children, homeschoolers, Bible class teachers, members, widows, and Spanish speakers. Other tracks included marriage and family, small churches, evidences, missions, and technology.
Workshops were taught by doctors, lawyers, preachers, elders, professors, authors, politicians, and even a former atheist.
There were multiple singing sessions, lots of fellowship activities for the teenagers, and on-site shopping for all kinds of great resources. Opportunities were provided for marriage & family counseling and for job hunting, and there was a Song Leading School (for all ages) and a Future Preachers Training Class (for boys/young men).
I am so thankful we had the opportunity to be a part of this incredible event. I’m thankful for what we learned. I’m thankful for the fellow Christians we met for the first time and for the ones we got to spend time with once again. I’m thankful that our family was able to focus on growing in Christ all together, all week long.
WOW! If you are ever able to be a part of this event, I would HIGHLY recommend it. I know our family will never, ever forget it.
Come back tomorrow and I’ll be sharing some of the highlights of the week. Until then…
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