The teaching ministry of a local church is a vital component to the overall health of a church. Teaching is a part of the mission that Christ himself gave to all believers in Matthew 28:18-20. We are to go out and make disciples of all nations, baptizing and teaching as we are going. We are responsible for sharing the good news of the Gospel with all, and then we are to teach those who exercise faith in Christ biblical truth that enables them to mature in their faith, so that they in turn can go out and make more disciples. Gospel proclamation and biblical teaching go hand-in-hand, and these actions haven't been just tasked to a select few, but rather it is what all believers in Christ should be doing.
In regards to the teaching ministry of the church, it is critical that we are training and equipping people to carry out this mission given to us by Christ. Everyone is to fulfill the role of a teacher in some respect. It is not something reserved for pastors, bible scholars, or Sunday School leaders; we all have the responsibility to teach the truth of God's Word to others. I have repeatedly heard people say to me over the years that they don't feel qualified or led to teach, but the biblical reality is that we are all responsible to teach the truth of Scripture, and if we aren't qualified then it is up to us to make sure that we get the training needed to effectively teach others.
Therefore, this summer here at MBC we want to provide those within the congregation with the tools and resources necessary to help them teach others. We want to equip the members with what they need so that they can fulfill their part in the Great Commission. Some people are naturally gifted in the Holy Spirit to teach others, but all of us can learn the skills needed to properly handle and administer the word of the truth. We also desire to provide an opportunity for our current teachers to continue to hone their skills and improve in the roles that they fill.
From July 10-August 7 we will be offering a 5-week teacher training course here at MBC from 4:30-5:45pm on Sunday afternoons. Each week we will be covering a different component of teaching within the church. You are welcome to come to all sessions, or you can pick and choose the ones that are of more interest and applicable to you.
On July 10 we will begin by looking at Teaching in the Home. We want to assist parents and grandparents within our church with resources and information to help them provide biblical instruction within the home. It is God's intention for the family, not the church, to provide the primary biblical instruction for a child. The church was never intended to teach children spiritually on behalf of the family. The church was designed to help supplement that which was already being taught in the home. However, in our world today the church has had to take up this mantle of responsibility as more and more families leave their children's spiritual development up to the local church. Our desire is to assist those families interested in taking more ownership of their children's spiritual education. It may scare you to death of teaching your 4-year-old, or your 3rd grader, or your teen from God's Word, and that's why we want to assist you in this endeavor.
In subsequent weeks we will be looking at the role of Teacher as Disciplemaker. We will examine what discipleship is and how we as teachers can actively be a part of producing reproducing disciples. We will also look at various Teaching Methods and Learning Preferences and How to Teach Various Age Groups within the church, ranging from infants through senior adults. The last week will look at some ways that we might look at Organizing and Administering the Educational Ministries within the church for those who might like to be a part of the larger and long-range vision casting of the educational ministries here at MBC.
It is my desire that we as a church would be a place that is actively involved in training and equipping fully functional disciples of Jesus Christ who are actively serving and teaching others within their families, as well as within the church. And this course is designed to do just that. Whether you have a desire to teach, but just have never felt ready to do so, or if you have already been teaching and desire to improve upon your teaching skills, or if you just want to be a better teacher in your own home, we look forward to seeing you this summer!