Using Ministry Job Descriptions for Teacher Training

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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.

  1. 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.
  1. 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.
  1. 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.
  1. 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 Or, perhaps you need to review and revise outdated ones.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

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What’s the Purpose?

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The title of this post asks a broad question. — What’s the purpose? Years ago, when beginning this blog, I asked the same question. Though blogs appeared to be the wave of the Internet, certainly the required time and energy demanded a higher purpose.

What's the Purpose of Ministry Training?The overall purpose of Ministry Tools Resource Center is to equip believers for ministry. So, in light of Ephesians 4:11-16, the Train Bible Teachers Blog primarily exists for these reasons:

  • to exhort churches to honor God in their teaching ministries by effectively training teachers
  • to encourage churches to develop a teacher training plan tailored to the needs of their teachers
  • to equip Bible teachers to teach in ways that lead to changed lives
  • to engage Bible teachers in examining their teaching in light of God’s heart and ways

Why Purpose Matters

Being purposeful guides what we do. For example, because of the purpose for this blog, posts written for it provide administrative helps for a teacher training plan, point to the overall objectives and biblical perspectives in teaching God’s Word, address issues related to teaching, emphasize qualities, roles, and skills needed in effective Bible teachers, and offer suggestions about teaching various topics.

When driven by a purpose, we have less of a tendency to waste time doing that which is less essential. It keeps us from getting off track.

Are You Engaged in Purposeful Ministry?

If you oversee the Christian education ministry at your church, ask these questions. — What’s the overall purpose of the Christian education ministry? What’s the purpose for my role in overseeing this ministry?

Or, if you teach a Sunday School class or other type of Bible class, ask these questions. — Why am I teaching? What should be happening in the lives of my students as a result?

Asking questions about our purpose is very important because if we don’t have a high enough purpose, we won’t tend to have a passion for it or the people we serve. Without motivation, we won’t tend to invest the time and effort into it that Bible teaching deserves. And, we’ll find it difficult to persevere in it, particularly when it gets tough or we have outside pressures.

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Have a Plan

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The TrainBibleTeachers.com site exists to help churches with teacher training, specifically to have a plan that tailors training to truly fit the needs of your Bible teachers.

Know the Importance of a Teacher Training Plan

When churches have an ongoing, purposeful plan for teacher training, rather than haphazard efforts, it helps to:

  • emphasize that teacher training is a priority
  • enhance efforts to provide a quality biblical education to help people grow in their relationship with the Lord
  • exemplify the value you place on God’s Word

Communicate the Plan

In order for the plan to accomplish the above objectives, people need to see that there is a plan. It needs to be communicated …

from the start when recruiting new teachers,
regularly to all Bible teachers,
on occasion to the congregation at large.

Have a Flexible Plan

We’ve seen how church life can change. With that has come changes in teaching ministry structures and methodology. We need to adapt training to help teachers adjust to those changes. Having a teacher training plan is important no matter what church life may look like but it may need to be adjusted from time to time to accommodate current circumstances.

Apart from that, teachers themselves sometimes change the age they teach or the program in which they teach. As teachers learn and grow in their teaching, they need to be taken to the next level. Further, teachers are at different places, so a one size fits all approach fails to truly meet needs.

To tailor training to truly fit the needs of your Bible teachers takes a plan that can change and adapt.

Have a Teacher Training Plan?
Check out the Teacher Training Module, which is included in the Christian Education Files resource but can be ordered separately.

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Remember the Purpose

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Remember the Purpose for Bible Teachers Training
Click image for teachers training resources that can be used anywhere, at any time, and with any size group or individual teacher.

Even when the teaching ministry in the church seems to be disrupted or teachers are purposefully taking some time off, we still need to train Bible teachers.

  • Prayerfully at some time these teachers will resume in-class teaching.
  • Teaching can happen informally as well as formally but sometimes teachers need a nudge in that direction.
  • We need to be preparing prospective teachers so they’re ready to teach when needed.

If we believe that “the word of the LORD is right and true” (Ps. 33:4) and that “the word of our God endures forever” (Isa. 40:8), we won’t regard teaching it lightly. And, knowing “that we who teach will be judged more strictly” (James 3:1), we will want to do our best to help teachers adequately prepare and accurately teach it.

The Purpose for Bible Teachers Training

We will be more prone to on-going teachers training, regardless of the circumstances, when we remember that the purpose is:

  1. to equip people to teach the Bible so they accurately and respectfully handle God’s Word (Eph. 4:11-13; 2 Tim. 2:15)
  1. to ensure people receive a quality biblical education so they grow in their relationship with the Lord (Ps. 119:130; Prov. 22:6; Jn. 17:17; 2 Tim. 3:14-17)
  1. to exalt God by valuing His Word enough to train Bible teachers so they in turn can teach others (Col. 3:16-17; 2 Tim. 2:2)
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