Equipping God's People to Create Missional Culture

Teacher [Light Giver]

The primary concern of teachers is that the community inhabits the sacred text.  They create a learning environment where people immerse themselves in the scriptures in order to be formed by them.  They shed light on the text in such a way that people hear the voice of God through the scripture.  They encourage people to participate in sacred assemblies so that God’s story re-shapes them.  They seek to help people understand God’s narrative so that they may live faithfully in God’s story and become signposts of the New Creation.

What is their primary mission?
Teachers help the congregation to be inhabit the sacred text by encouraging the community to immerse herself in the scriptures and live faithfully in God’s story.
How do they reflect the heart of God?
Teachers have a deep desire that God’s people would be nourished by the scripture so that they might better understand the ways of God and build their lives on the solid rock of His Word.
What are the sorts of issues that deeply concern them?
Theology, ethics, practical theology, hermeneutics, philosophy, the torah, the prophets, the writings, the gospels, the early church, narrative theology, systematic theology, creeds, truth and error, wisdom, word studies, languages, memorization and meditation of scripture, current theological trends and hot button issues.
What are the kinds of ministry they are involved with?
Light givers find multiple ways for the community to be shaped by the living word. They create, gather and share resources for the congregation so that people might learn and practice God’s word. They teach, write books, write pamphlets on hot topics and involve people in active learning. They create a hunger for the word, and help the congregation think and act in theologically sound ways. They help to develop the teaching calendar in a holistic way with the other equippers. They train apprentices and build a team of people who help them with these ministries.
What is their primary blind spot?
Teachers in their desire to know the truth and make truth known, may put study above practice, and seek to master the text instead of allowing the text to master them.
What is their effect within the body?
Teachers cultivate a learning environment where people immerse themselves in God’s narrative and engage in praxis – enacted reflection – as well as future oriented living.
What are some passages that talk about teachers?
Apollos, Priscilla and Aquila (Acts 18:18-28), Barnabas, Simeon, Lucius, Manaen and Saul (Acts 13:1-3), Paul (I Tim 2:7), (2 Tim. 1:11), You ought to be teachers (Heb. 5:12), Not many should become teachers (James 3:1), False teachers (2 Tim. 4:3).
Who are some contemporary examples?
N.T. Wright, Ellen Charry, Christopher Wright, Richard Bauckham, Johannes Nissen, Richard Hayes.