Preaching without Notes

Many students have asked about preaching without notes. While I do not think excellence in preaching is determined by preaching from a manuscript or not, I think any opportunity to learn more about preaching is a good thing.  Next Friday, April 28, 2017 at 10 am (CDT), Dr. Rhoda Preston is leading a webinar on her method for preaching without notes.  This webinar is paid for by UMC apportionment giving.  To join this webinar register here:

Preaching Without Notes

Registration for 2017-2018 Now Open

This fall I will begin my fourth year of teaching EQUIP.  As often happens, things change from time to time to accommodate the needs of those who would like to take this class.  I will continue to offer my full class monthly from September to April 2017-18.  I recommend taking this class as it gives time to process the information and apply it without being overwhelming to the student.

However, this does not work for everyone.  Therefore, this summer (2017), I am offering for the first time a basic course which is four weekly sessions on Saturdays from July 8-29, 2017 from 9:30 am to 2 pm.  You can find more information under the "Short Courses" tab above.  I will offer the advanced four week course next summer (2018).  I will offer the basic course once again in 2019.  You must take the basic course or the first four sessions of the full course to take the advanced course next summer.   


Some have started the course, but have not been able to finish for one reason or another.  My hope is offering a four week course will be helpful, and for those who began but were unable to finish, they are able to finish during the advanced short course.


There is an option to purchase the books separately for the short courses.  If you have one of the required books for the full course, please contact me to see if there will be a reduction in cost.  


You are able to register online from the form to the left.  You will be directed to Paypal to be able to pay online.  Or, you may register by mailing a check with the printed form to 4606 NBU, Prague, OK 74864.  


I will take registrations for the short course until July 1, 2017.  I will take registrations for the full course until September 1, 2017.  If you have questions, please contact me at equippreaching@outlook.com

Elders and Deacons

It has been brought to my attention that it seems this course is only for lay preachers and local pastors. While I want them to feel comfortable and welcome taking this course, it is not limited to those who are not ordained. Many elders have expressed an interest in learning new techniques or brushing up on old ones. It is open to anyone who desires to learn more about the art of preaching. You can sign-up online or download the brochure and mail a check. 

About Me

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Dr. Tobey is an Elder in the Oklahoma Conference, and has been under appointment for sixteen years and is currently appointed to Prague and Arlington UMCs.  She has a B.A. in Organizational Leadership from Southern Nazarene University in Bethany, OK, and a M.Div. and D.Min. were both completed at Phillips Theological Seminary, Tulsa, OK.

Dr. Tobey’s doctoral work combined her great passion for preaching and teaching.  Her faith and belief in God’s work through the laity of the church has prompted her work:  Equipping the Saints:  Teaching Preaching to Lay Preachers and Local Pastors, which resulted in the curriculum for EQUIP.