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Dynamics of Public Speaking 2013
"Since graduating from seminary, nothing has benefited my preaching as much as Calvin Troup’s class on public speaking. As a one-week course on the fundamentals necessary for effective oral communication (which is different from effective written communication!) this course should be taken by every preacher in the Reformed church.
As a branch of the church where we value truth so highly, it is easy to slip into the pattern of evaluating our sermons solely on the basis of truth being presented. As long as I preach truth, I am doing my job. However, the goal of a sermon is to communicate truth in order to transform lives not just talk about truth. Truth can be presented in a way that is not memorable. If the preacher can’t remember what he said a few days after a sermon is preached, how much more will the congregation struggle to remember, and if no one remembers they won’t apply the truth and won’t be transformed!
Alumni of RPTS, ordained pastors, and ruling elders can audit the course for only $100, which makes it a very affordable continuing education option. Don’t come expecting a week of relaxation though. Dr. Troup will have you implementing techniques in oral communication. The highest recommendation that I can give the class is that not only has it benefited my preaching, but every year I think about taking this terrific course a second time."
David Hanson, RPTS '03
In this one week intensive course, we will examine various principles and techniques for effective oral presentations. Dynamics of Public Speaking will allow the student to develop the ability to plan, write, fine-tune, and deliver proficient communication when teaching, reporting, or giving addresses in public speaking forums. (3 hours)
Dr. Calvin Troup is the Adjunct Professor of Speech at the Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary. He is also a professor at Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA.
Dr. Troup holds a B.A. degree from Geneva College and an M.A. and a Ph.D. from the Pennsylvania State University. He is the author of A Guide for New Public Speaking: Building toward Success and Temporality, Eternity, and Wisdom: The Rhetoric of Augustine’s Confessions.
Orality & Literacy, Walter Ong (This book is out of print. The final price may be different based on where the book is found. You may purchase this yourself via Amazon, etc.)
The Spoken Word: The Speaker’s Handbook, Troup (only available through RPTS, $20)
Augustine: On Christian Doctrine, D.W. Robertson, translator. ($16)
Note: Principles of Speech is a required course for Master of Theological Studies students.
Note: SH44 will include class presentations and written assignments.
The course costs $825. Alumni, Ordained Clergy, and Ruling Elders may audit SH44 for a fee of $100. Payment in full for tuition or auditing fee are due by the first day of class. Checks should be made out to RPTS.
No meals will be served at the Seminary. Several restaurants (both fast-food and sit-down) are located within walking distance. Coffee will be available during the morning. Kitchen facilities are available.
A limited number of beds are available at RPTS for $10.00 per night.
If you want the Seminary to order text books for you, please designate this on the order form and return it with a separate payment by May 6, 2013. Checks should be made out to “RPTS Bookstore”.
(May 20-24, 2013)
Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary
7418 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15208
8:00 - 9:00 a.m. First period
9:00 - 9:15 a.m. Break
9:15 - 10:30 a.m. Second period
10:30 - 10:45 a.m. Break
10:45 - 11:45 a.m. Third period
11:45 - 12:30 p.m. Lunch
12:30 - 1:30 p.m. Fourth period
1:30 - 1:45 p.m. Break
1:45 - 2:45 p.m. Fifth period
The mission of the Seminary is to educate students who love the Lord Jesus Christ and His Word, equipping pastors for the ministry of the gospel and preparing others in the church for effective service in His kingdom, all within the framework of the historic Reformed faith.
Founded in 1810, RPTS has a track record of stability and theological orthodoxy for over 200 years. The future of the Seminary holds exciting possibilities as well. With enrollment and faculty size increasing steadily over the last two centuries, RPTS looks forward to God’s continued blessings for years to come.
For more information, please call RPTS or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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