And He Gave Some As Teachers

A comment by @tchable in response to a comment I made on his blog entitled Covetousness=Idolatry=Spiritual Adultery got me to to thinking about the difference between preaching and teaching and the importance of both.

There is a difference. Simply put, a "preacher" is a messenger. A preacher anointed by the Holy Spirit, receives a "message" from God to share with a group of people who in turn listen (hopefully) to the message and ponder it. A teacher on the other hand will not only deliver the message, concept or skill but they will break it down into manageable bite-sized pieces for either the entire group, a smaller group or an individual so that one can take what one has learned and apply it.

Is it possible to be both a preacher and a teacher? Of course! However, if a preacher must wear both hats all of the time you can easily see that there can be a problem. If you attempt to juggle too many balls at once, you are eventually going to drop one. This is one reason that God has also placed teachers within the Church.

The teachers are the individuals who help expound upon the message. This is important as the pastor probably cannot cover everything in a 30-60 minute sermon or even in a series of sermons. There is always something more! This is when good and knowledgeable teachers are an asset to the local church. Often times they meet with a smaller group of people or even an individual. The setting is much more informal and people feel more free to ask questions and make comments. The teacher in the local church does not replace the pastor. The teacher assists the pastor.

Some settings require a pastor but there are other settings where one is received better if one is wearing a "teacher hat" rather than a "preacher hat". I believe the most effective pastors have both "hats" but I know that not all teachers are preachers!

Those of us whom God has called to be teachers need to be doing just that. We need to teach. It matters not if we have a formal class, if we are meeting informally in a small group or if we are simply teaching one-to-one. It matters not if we have been formally appointed to do so within our local church or not. If God has called you to teach, than you need to teach.

Though due to health reasons I am no longer a "professional teacher", God has continued to remind me that He had called me to be a teacher long before I had formal credentials. I believe that when God calls someone to be preach, it is for a lifetime whether they preach to thousands or whether they simply minister to people one to one in a church, in the workplace or even in cyberspace. I believe the same is true for teachers. Let us all be faithful to do the work God has called us to do.

Blessings!

K :princess:

@tchable
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An excellent blog and a much needed teaching not only on here but in the entire body of Christ. Thank you for your time and effort extended in presenting these truths.

Blessings,
Tch

@watchmanjohn
John Knox @watchmanjohn ·

Thanks for a great blog with a clear definition of the two callings. May we all be faithful to Gods calling on our lives.

wmj

@enje25
Barbra Lambert @enje25 ·

[quote]There is a difference. Simply put, a "preacher" is a messenger. A preacher anointed by the Holy Spirit, receives a "message" from God to share with a group of people who in turn listen (hopefully) to the message and ponder it. A teacher on the other hand will not only deliver the message, concept or skill but they will break it down into manageable bite-sized pieces for either the entire group, a smaller group or an individual so that one can take what one has learned and apply it.[/quote]
I like the distinction, and I wholeheartedly agree with your quote below:

[quote]I believe that when God calls someone to be preach, it is for a lifetime whether they preach to thousands or whether they simply minister to people one to one in a church, in the workplace or even in cyberspace. I believe the same is true for teachers.[/quote]

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