To make the most impact on students’ lives, Bible teachers need to see themselves as more than communicators. Bible teachers have a multifaceted role that takes them beyond merely dispensing knowledge to being used by God to change lives. It’s about making a difference for eternity by truly caring and investing into people’s lives.
Just as a nursing mother cares for her children, so we cared for you. Because we loved you so much, we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well. (1 Thess. 2:7b-8)
Impacting Bible Teachers Have a Multifaceted Role in Students’ Lives
Here are eight different facets of a Bible teacher’s role that, when all seen as a part of a teacher’s responsibility, will help them make a true difference in people’s lives.
verbally informs students of what God’s Word says in ways that hold interest, fit their age level, accurately represent God’s intent, and encourage students to do something with what they learn
lets God’s message flow through them in ways that pull on God’s power and guides students to faith by not only words but also demonstrating its reality
helps students know, love, follow and serve Jesus and become more like Him in all they say and do
looks for opportunities to train students to serve and become more of who God desires them to be, preparing them to live for God in all kinds of situations
comes alongside of students, taking steps to get to know them, personally relate with them, and care about them as individuals
not only tells students what they need to know but demonstrates it by their own lives through actions, words, and attitudes both in and outside of the classroom
connects with students’ needs, interests, and development in ways that spur them on toward belief and application of God’s Word
willingly sacrifices one’s own time, convenience, and effort for students, exhibiting not only Christ-like actions but also attitudes that demonstrate His love and grace
Check out the 70 page Bible Teacher’s Role training resource that looks at each of the above facets of a teacher’s role in greater depth with some questions that should spur you own to enhancing your effectiveness in these ways.