Why?: How and why might you disciple another
What?: Did you know that part of your role as teacher
is preparing other teachers? There are at least 3 excuses some give
for failing at this. Let me be very frank and dismiss each of
First, you might feel that you have nothing to pass on. You may not
be formally prepared to teach. You may not consider yourself a very
good teacher. It doesn't matter. If you are called by God and
recognized by the church as a teacher and you have experience, you
have something to pass on. It might be in the form of what not to
do, but you have wisdom that you didn't have before becoming a
teacher. Pass it on by discipling others to be teachers.
Second, you might think that it's just easier to do it yourself.
It's a lot less work to do the job than it is to train someone else
to do it. Let me remind you that it is not about you. It's about
the church, the bride of the Christ. Honor the bridegroom by making
sure the bride has every teacher the bridegroom has given her.
Finally, you might think that YOU will continue to teach your class
so there's no need to train another. Well, in case no one has told
you, everyone quits teaching … someday. It may be just a few days
before they put your body in ground, but you will stop teaching at
some point. Prepare someone to replace you while you are still
functioning well. Prepare others anticipating numerical growth in
the church. God is still calling new believers; likewise, He is
still calling new teachers.
So What?: If you're a teacher, leave a legacy of
wisdom. Live it in your own life. Teach it to others. And, train
other teachers to do the same.
How can you do that? It starts by modeling good teaching in the
classroom. Consider every lesson an opportunity to show what
effective Bible teaching looks like. Then be intentional in
watching those you're teaching for clues that God may be calling
them to be teachers. If the clues are there, work with them to give
them opportunities to teach. Don't just assign them a lesson to
teach; instead, help them prepare, be there to encourage, and then
follow up with feedback that can help them improve. If their
teaching seems to bear fruit, recommend them to the church so that
the church body can explore and confirm their gifting by calling
them as teachers.
So What Now?: Rather than being satisfied just
teaching those God has entrusted to you, will you seek out the
longterm health of the church by discipling other teachers?