Rev. Lance Ashmore

I would highly recommend the EQUIP class as taught by Reverend Doctor Sonja Tobey. As a pastor for almost six years, I thought I knew almost everything about the fundamentals of preaching. After attending her class, I discovered there was much more I could learn. Rev. Dr. Tobey demonstrated she is very knowledgeable in the area of preaching.

ln seminary my primary focus for preaching was content. ln the EQUIP class, I learned the importance of delivery, understanding one’s audience and finding a balance between delivering God’s word and sharing of one’s self. I was continuously impressed with the lessons she taught. My congregation noticed an improvement in my sermon delivery after the first few sessions of class.

I continue to utilize the feedback I was given by Rev. Dr. Tobey. With that being said, I would not only recommend the EQUIP class for laity, I would also recommend the class for Local Licensed Pastors, Provisional clergy, and Ordained clergy as well. – Rev. Lance Ashmore, Pastor, Buffalo/Ft. Supply United Methodist Churches

Rev. Toni Hignight

As Director of Lay servant ministries training I have heard again and again of the desire to learn more about how to preach. Many have heard the call to fill the pulpit but feel lacking in the skills to deliver a sermon.

The Equip class taught by Rev. Dr. Sonja Tobey is an excellent resource to learn the art of preaching. I did not realize the many facets involved in preaching a sermon. Rev. Tobey uses her gift of teaching and love of preaching to give the student practical ways to orchestrate a sermon. 

I highly recommend this Equip class to anyone desiring to  become more effective in preaching. – Rev. Toni Hignight, Pastor, Kingston United Methodist Church, Kingston, Oklahoma (former District Lay Servant Director)

Rev. Debbie Biehler

I found out about this class a few minutes after the Course began, so I missed the first session. I had just been assigned as the supply pastor for my church as our pastor accepted another position as chaplain in a large hospital. I had assisted that pastor for 16 months, and our prior pastor for 19 years, but when preparing my first few sermons I realized I knew nothing. I truly believe this course was a God-send for me. The timing was incredible and the understanding and information it has given me has been crucial to my sermons. It has given me a thirst to continue my learning and has helped equip me to continue to grow. – Rev. Debbie Biehler, Local Pastor, Hitchcock and Loyal United Methodist Churches

Cheryl Long

As a retired teacher, I remember attending many seminars and training to improve my skills.  I always wanted useful, practical help and ideas from those classes; something I could definitely use on Monday morning.  This class definitely gave me a bunch of wonderful ideas that I can and will use on any Sunday morning! –Cheryl Long, Lay Servant Director, Northern Prairie District

Gerald Steele

Words have power. In a 10-20 minute sermon, every word counts. We want our sermons to transform lives and make disciples of Jesus Christ. This class helps you to take your message and make it relevant in the lives of Christians today. Very good class and you will enjoy it! –Gerald Steele, Laity, Broken Arrow, Oklahoma

Jack Donathan

Equip is for anyone interested in understanding what is involved in preparing and presenting sermons.  But, it is also useful in understanding and improving Bible study, teaching Sunday school, or just being a better leader in their church.  — Jack Donathan, Laity, Tulsa, Oklahoma

Rev. Tasha Hollopeter

This class was very beneficial in helping me be more confident as I fill the pulpit, and strive to serve our local churches. –Tasha Hollopeter, Pastor Oak Park United Methodist Church, Bartlesville, OK

Layla Freeman

I highly recommend this class. Dr. Sonja Tobey does an outstanding job of teaching the techniques and skills necessary to be an effective and authentic preacher.

Layla Freeman, Founder/C.E.O. – Light of Hope Non-Profit Ministry; Owner/Vice President – Asset Industrial; Public Speaker; Author.