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What is the Biblical way of selecting SS Teachers?

Discussion in 'General Baptist Discussions' started by thegospelgeek, Jan 7, 2009.

  1. thegospelgeek

    thegospelgeek New Member

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    I've been a member of two different churches who choose Sunday School teachers, trustees, janitors, etc. In different ways. One holds an election each and every year to elect all these positions as well as gift commitees and other positions. They also elect therir pastor and Assitant pasor each year. The Pastoral election is a yes or no vote. A simple majority majority wins.

    The other holds no elections. Teachers are in place. The pastor stays until God leads him to leave or leads the church to ask him to do so.

    My question is...

    What is the correct ways to put workers in place? The Bible does not address Sunday School or it's teachers. But it does address pastors/elders and Deacons. Strangly enough Deacons are not up for re-election each year like the Pastors are.

    I have definte ideas after watching the two methods work. But how does your church do this? How effective is it? Are there other methods besides what I have witnessed? And most important....

    What is the Biblical way of selecting SS Teachers?
     
  2. Jim1999

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    The Bible does give the character requirements of pastors and deacons, but it does not give us the electoral process. Each local church will establish its own rules and regulation for HOW people are put in place.

    Cheers,

    Jim
     
  3. menageriekeeper

    menageriekeeper Active Member

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    LOL! Our church takes volunteers! There are always open spots for SS teachers.

    We do however, vet those who work with our children. Those folks must be members in good standing/repute within the church as well as pass a background check (this last because of ins. reasons, but really it can't hurt).
     
  4. EdSutton

    EdSutton New Member

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    Slow Members.

    In too many churches, that means those who can't move fast enough to vanish into the woodwork when a member of the Nominating Committee spots some likely candidate.

    When you observe it, you don't know whether you want to [​IMG][FONT=verdana,sans-serif] or [/FONT] [​IMG][FONT=verdana,sans-serif] .

    Ed
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  5. Jim1999

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    Here am I, Lord, use him.

    Cheers,

    Jim
     
  6. preachinjesus

    preachinjesus Well-Known Member
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    Casting lots?

    Maybe, I don't know. ;)

    Actually as a Minister of Education I have a pretty defined measuring stick when choosing and training new small group leaders. One of the primary tools is prayer and discernment. Also we look for those willing to lead and be trained by our leadership. I use a leadership covenant for all of our teachers and facilitators. It is pretty laid out in regards to expectations, qualifications, and how our church is set up. :)

    We have a constant need, since we are always starting new groups, so new leaders is a big task. We are very diligent in our selection process. :)
     
  7. Jim1999

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    Planning ahead certainly curtails falling away.

    Cheers,

    Jim
     
  8. Jerome

    Jerome Well-Known Member
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    Via ordination, according to this pastor.
    Only "those men whom God has appointed and the church has recognized through formal examination."
     
  9. donnA

    donnA New Member

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    Our old church would let anyone teach who would take the job, never caring if they actually were gifted to be teachers, or if they knew what they doing or not, or if they even knew anything about the bible or how to study it and find out anything about it. Things like this were a major reason we left there. In our new church we aren't sure of the process, but we have noticed that people we've seen teach knew what they were doing, so apparently they ahve some sort of standard to chose teachers.
     
  10. tinytim

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    I LOVE IT!!! lol
     
  11. pinoybaptist

    pinoybaptist Active Member
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    Not meaning to offend, but, how can there be a Biblical way for a position which is not in the Bible ?
     
  12. thegospelgeek

    thegospelgeek New Member

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    I know that Sunday School is not in the bible. But the Bible does tell us to teach and disciple, does it not? There are many things that the Bible does not address specifically but it gives us guides and principles that apply. Ive watched the election process cause division. I don't think the process causes the divisions as much as it reveals them.

    This is the method I think is most sound and effective. How do you move a congregation from annual elections to using appointed teachers?
     
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