You then, my child, be strengthened by the grace that is in Christ Jesus, and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men, who will be able to teach others also. – 2 Timothy 2:1-2
Core Class Benchmarks:
Example of Class Flow:
Regular communication through the course of your class is vital. Weekly touches are pivotal in keeping the class engaged (At least one touch a week is expected). Here’s a few examples:
- Weekly email through Planning Center Groups (PCG)
- Uploading docs, videos, devotionals, etc to PCG that you find encouraging or that deal with your subject matter.
- Handwritten Letters
- Group text for coffee or some gathering outside class.
You don’t have to give out your cell phone number if you’d prefer anonymity, but making yourself as accessible as possible during weeks of the class communicates value to the attendees.
Think through the concepts you’re training the students in and ask the Lord for creativity in how to approach that concept. Encourage your students to “Explore the space” of the concepts you are wanting to communicate through the Creativity the Holy Spirit downloads to you. Think outside the box when it comes to communicating, activations, time spent in class, etc. This isn’t Sunday school, a small group or a university class so don’t treat it that way.
Homework and Activations
Create some specific applications you want your students to participate in outside class time, whether it’s reading, journaling, a trip to take, etc. Ask them to interact with the Lord on your topic outside class time and then report on it whenever you are all together.
Students need to know who you are. Vulnerability is the breeding ground for freedom and breakthrough. If you are transparent about who you are and where you’ve come from (successes, failures, personal testimonies, etc) it will encourage students to be vulnerable as well.
Cultivate Core Values
This is the beginning of the “root system” of what a strong ministry school looks like. We want to begin depositing the DNA we feel the Lord is imparting in us to give away in this community (and the world). Students need to be able to see how these values connect with their everyday life.
Steps of faith and risk-taking is encouraged. Most students will only do this if they are 1) asked to do it and 2) feel safe within the group to do so. As you get to know the students over the course of the class, point out strengths, have them share testimonies, celebrate wins and lead discussions through places where they may have failed. Give them opportunities to lead in their gifts.
How to Get Involved as a Teacher:
- Fill out the online form to set up a meeting with the class coordinator
- Submit your class idea / curriculum to the class coordinator
- Attend at least one set of classes to experience what being a part of the atmosphere is like
- Become a teacher aide to assist the learning environment and encourage the communal aspect of our classes.
- Have a final meeting with class coordinator to set up class dates and work through any final issues before teaching solo.