The final gift that Paul lists in the five-fold model is that of the Teacher.
Teachers, along with the pastor, is one of the most commonly seen gifts in the church today. The current church culture of the last fifty years has produced an abundance of teachers that are ready to equip and train the body of Christ by sharing Bible knowledge and application. Teachers know well the truth that Scripture teaches, they value the Word of God highly, and they call and demand for the people of God to live under the truth of the Bible. Their biggest asset is often their passion to know the Bible and to share it with others.
[pullquote]So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. – Ephesians 4:11-13[/pullquote]
How the church can help them (Ways to release a teacher for mission):
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