Justin Hiebert

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APEPT Leadership – Teachers

Posted on 15 May 2014 in APEPT, Leadership, Ministry | Comments Off on APEPT Leadership – Teachers

The final gift that Paul lists in the five-fold model is that of the Teacher.

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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]

Strengths:

  1. Know the Word of God well.
  2. Can apply and implement scripture into the life of the body.
  3. Able to counsel and teach the importance of a visible life to the community.

Limitations:

  1. May spend most of their time within church circles and forget the importance of going out and ministering.
  2. May have trouble, if not fully mature, of relating the Scripture into the lives of people that aren’t a part of the life of the church.
  3. May stubbornly demand that they know Truth and should be listened to without question.

What the church can learn from them (What they can teach us): man holding Bible

  1. A high respect for scripture matters. It is important to know, study, and learn how Scripture wants us to act and live in the world.
  2. The value of a community that knows and is shaped by the Word cannot be understated.
  3. The ability to know scripture and to have it memorized helps all people to live more faithfully on mission.

How the church can help them (Ways to release a teacher for mission):

  1. Give them space to use and explore their gifts. Many churches have an abundance of teachers but very few step up because they have never been given the opportunity.
  2. Pair them with an apostle or evangelist to be able to make the church-society connection.
  3. Have them dive deep into scripture when the church needs to make decisions to see and share how the church should respond.

Scripture:

  1. Acts 7. Stephen, before his martydom, teaches before the Sanhedrin about all that he has seen and experienced in Jesus and the hope that he brings into the world.
  2. 1 Peter 3. Peter urges people to know the reason for the hope that they have (3:15). It’s hard to know the reason for hope if you don’t know and haven’t experienced the goodness of God as told through his people.
  3. 2 Timothy 2. Paul writes in several places about the importance of good teaching. Here he urges Timothy to teach well and to educate people to know the difference between sound teaching and false teaching.

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Justin Hiebert

Leadership Catalyst - Entrepreneur - Coach at JSHiebert Leadership Coaching
I am a Business and Life Coach in both non-profit and for profit settings. I coach leaders, executives, and pastors in areas of vision, clarity, and values. In relationship coaching I focus on healthy and sustainable relationships, and in leadership development roles I catalyze change for individuals and groups to thrive. I also consult churches and organizations on how to train new leaders and create a healthy culture. In addition to that, I am an Anabaptist pastor in the Denver metro area. I specialize on topics that include: missional theology, discipleship, culture and the church in today’s society. I am married to my wonderful wife Elise and we have three kids. I grew up and now work in the United States Mennonite Brethren Church (USMB) and love the people and history of the Mennonite Brethren faith. I am a graduate of Tabor College with a dual degree in Youth Ministry and Christian Leadership, a graduate of Fresno Pacific Biblical Seminary with a Masters of Divinity, and a Doctoral Student and Bethel Seminary. I also teach college classes in areas of Bible, Communication, and Business.

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