Benjamin Young: Welcome to the Bible Teachers’ Lounge, a podcast where we learn from dedicated educators how to strive for better Bible teaching. I’m your host, Benjamin Young, and you can follow me on Twitter: @BJYoung1990.
Typically, when you want something done well, you entrust the work to someone with experience. The church is no exception. When Christians look for someone to keep up with physical building maintenance, for example, they look for handy people with the skills to keep the building running. If the concern is heating and cooling, you defer to an HVAC professional. If the concern is wiring, you defer to an electrician. If the concern is plumbing, you defer to a plumber.
But somehow, Christians fail to see how this applies to keeping up the maintenance of the house of God. Somehow, teaching seems to be an exception to the rule. Somehow, when it comes to teaching, anyone will do.
If church leaders desire effective teaching–and I think they do–then why do they refuse to defer to those who educate others for a living? Is it because teaching is easy? I mean, if that were true, why do we require teachers to commit to several years of study and several hundred hours of observation and practice before we hand them a classroom full of students?
Is it because teaching the Bible is somehow different from teaching anything else? If that’s true, then why do we find no specifications in Scripture as to how we should provide unique biblical instruction to the humans God Himself designed? Is it because we don’t care enough about Bible teaching? If that’s true, then why do we engage in it at all?
If church leaders want to see better quality Bible teaching in the churches they lead, I think it’s time to start listening to those among their number who know what effective and engaging education looks like.
And now, I realize that not every faith community, not every church, has people in their number who feel comfortable offering that kind of expertise, or maybe have that expertise, or that experience. That’s why I created Guard the Gift.
I created Guard the Gift to be a place where teachers could find community who both care about teaching in society, but also care about teaching well in the church. What I’m hoping that we can get out of the time that we spend together in the Bible Teachers’ Lounge really is twofold:
One, I want teachers to know that their voice matters. I want teachers to know that even if up to this point, church leaders have not asked them about how to do teaching better, that they still have something incredibly important to offer. Number one.
And number two, for those who are looking for practical ways to improve as a teacher, resources to incorporate, to grow as a teacher, hopefully, this is a place where you’ll be able to find them– In the Bible Teachers’ Lounge and in the Guard the Gift community as a whole.
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Until next time, Peace and Love, Y’all!