What qualifies a person to teach in a public setting at church? We’re not talking about your public speaking ability, but rather your personal qualifications. What gives you the right to teach to a crowd?
Qualification #1: Character
What you teach flows from who you are. If you are not living an authentic life that honors God, you’re not ready to teach to a crowd. You don’t have to be perfect, but if you have secret, unrepentant sin in your life, deal with that before you become a teacher.
Qualification #2: Teamwork
Remember that you’re part of the larger team as the teacher. Your job is to catalyze the discipleship culture in your church, helping parents, small groups, and mentors to have life-changing conversations.
Qualification #3: Motivation
At the end of the day, your motivation as a teacher should be to help people pursue God, going full circlein their pursuit. Any desire for personal gain or fame is the wrong motivation and a clear disqualifier for this important ministry.
- Watch the video together or invite someone to summarize the topic.
- What is your initial reaction to this video? Do you disagree with any of it? What jumped out at you?
- “What you teach flows from who you are.” Explain this point. Do you agree?
- Are there any sin issues in your life that might disqualify you from teaching in a public setting?
- What’s the problem with a preacher who thinks church is all about him? What can happen to that church?
- Make a list of the important roles in the church besides teaching. How does the teacher impact those people with his sermons?
- What motivates you to want to teach? Make a list, and be brutally honest. Talk about it with your trainer.
- Read John 3:30. Do you have this attitude toward your teaching?
- Read Titus 1:5-9. Make a list of the qualifications of an elder. How do you measure up? Talk about it with your trainer.
- Write a personal action step based on this conversation.