American Baptist Churches of Pennsylvania and Delaware

Recognized Pulpit Speaker Training Program

On-line Registration and Payment
Course Outline and Requirements

Bulletin Insert for the Recognized Pulpit Speaker Training

Some of you may remember the old nursery rhyme, “Old Mother Hubbard.” The first verse of the rhythm states, “Old Mother Hubbard went to the cupboard to get her poor dog a bone; But when she got there, the cupboard was bare, and so the poor dog had none.” These days in ABCOPAD, it can be challenging finding pastoral leadership or even pulpit supplies to preach on a Sunday morning. Often a Regional Pastor or our ABCOPAD Administrator will be asked if ABCOPAD has someone who can fill the pulpit on a Sunday morning, and like Old Mother Hubbard, when we go to our cupboard looking for effective pulpit supply preachers, our cupboard is bare.
In an effort to “restock our cupboard” ABCOPAD staff in conjunction with our Academy for Christian Training and Service (ACTS) will offer a 6-week Recognized Pulpit Speaker Training Program. This 6-week course, being taught on-line starting Tuesday, September 3rd and continuing on Tuesday nights through October 8th, will provide basic pulpit supply training for those interested in preaching at churches in ABCOPAD. Each on-line class will be 2 hours and taught by pastoral leaders in our Region.

Below is the class outline with instructors:  All classes 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Date Session Instructors Topic 
Sept. 3 1 Pastor Cristy Wise Basic Communications
(Including Mark Mahserjian-Smith use of presentation technology)
Sept. 10 2 Pastor Tim Munson Biblical Interpretation
Sept. 17 3 Pastor Mark McCallion Sermon Preparation, Outlining, Illustrations, and the Ethics of Preaching 
Sept. 24 4 Pastor Sue Wilson-Radel Thematic and Seasonal Sermon Preparation
Oct. 1 5 Pastor Jeff Johnson Using Personality Styles to Communicate
Oct. 8 6 Pastor Frank Frischkorn
Pastor Mark Mahserjian-Smith     
Basic Understanding of ABCOPAD, Q&A, Wrap-up

This class will require all students to participate in all six classes along with preparing and presenting two sermons that will be recorded by the student and evaluated by an experienced pastoral leader in ABCOPAD.

The cost of the program is $100.00 with $50.00 scholarships being made available through an ABCOPAD grant.
Registration and on-line payment via the ABCOPAD web site.

It is our hope that former and current Sunday School Teachers, Educators or those feeling a call to preach will consider taking this new and exciting 6-week course. This is a great way to help churches in your association or just help your pastor when the pastor is away on vacation or in need of a Sunday off. Contact any of our ABCOPAD Regional Pastors if you have questions. We look froward to having you participate in our Recognized Pulpit Speaker Training Program this September. God Bless.


On-line Registration and Payment
Course Outline and Requirements