We often think of job descriptions, also known as ministry descriptions in the Church, for recruitment purposes to let people know their responsibilities. But, ministry job descriptions can also be effective for evaluative and accountability purposes. Used accordingly, they can also be a good tool for teacher training.
4 Ways Ministry Job Descriptions Can be Used for Teacher Training
We don’t have to get stuck in a rut with the way we approach teacher training. Let’s use whatever tools may be at our disposal, like ministry job descriptions.
- Go over the ministry description with new teachers, line by line, to determine where they most need help and then tailor pre-service training to their specific needs.
- Distribute a copy of the ministry description for all teachers to evaluate their teaching in light of these expectations, perhaps including a scale on which they can rank themselves in each area. Provide training for individuals where they ranked themselves the lowest.
- Part of the way through the teaching year, observe teachers in action and later sit down in private consultation with them. Use the job description as an assessment tool to review how you perceive they are doing in accomplishing the various responsibilities and what kind of training you believe could help them.
- Use the broad responsibilities listed in the ministry as an outline or framework around which to build an on-going teacher training plan during teachers’ meetings.
Perhaps you don’t have ministry job descriptions developed for your teachers. Or, perhaps you need to review and revise outdated ones. Here are some helps in the TrainChurchLeaders.com site that could be of help: Church Ministry Job Descriptions Resources