Posted: 12/4/17 at 11:00am. Post by Tony Brooks.
Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.” (Deuteronomy 11:18-19 NIV)
We are all so busy. We need time away. How do we fix God’s word in our minds and hearts as teachers? Here are some ideas:
- Provide devotionals for teachers. There are many to choose from: Open Windows from Lifeway, http://d365.org/ through Passport Camps (free), share a read-the-Bible-through document, or provide a classic like Oswald Chambers’ My Utmost for His Highest for every teacher. Teachers need to have daily devotionals to enhance their spiritual lives. Create a Facebook page just for teachers and share a devotional piece every day. How are you helping them?
- Provide retreat opportunities! Once a year, it would be nice to take your teachers on a spiritual retreat. There are many retreat facilities that would provide spiritual guidance, or you can do it yourself. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for options.
- Provide sabbaticals! There are some churches that require teachers and small group leaders to take a year off after teaching for a certain number of years, which can vary from 3-7 years of service. They are asked to join another group as a participant that year to enhance their own spiritual growth.
- Provide space for retreats! When I was associate pastor at FBC Whiteville, I discovered several ways to encourage teachers. We had some appreciation days for them. You can call them on their birthday and ask how to pray for them. The most significant way was provided by a member named Charlie Langston. He had a place on the lake that he used infrequently. I asked if I could use his place for teachers to get away for a night. He loved the idea and said yes! I would approach a teacher a month before and ask what night the following month they might need a getaway place. They would tell me, and I would let Charlie know. He would give me the key the day before so I could provide some inexpensive snacks along with a thank-you card. Teachers who used this opportunity with their families were blown away! This gave them 24 hours with their family or just by themselves to contemplate and prepare.
Teaching God’s word is the most important job there is! How are you helping teachers spiritually?