Samaritan's Song

I come from a long line of church teachers.

My grandmother taught Sunday school; my mother taught Sunday school; I taught Sunday school.  After that, I taught a few small groups and youth groups and college groups.  And then I decided I didn’t have enough teaching in my life, went and got my Ph.D., and became a college professor, too.

Most Sunday School teachers or small group leaders in many churches are lay people, like I was, with no formal training.  I’ve been blessed by so many of these teachers, whose call was unmistakable, and who explained and analyzed the Word for me and with me.  And yet I boggle at how little support or training so many of our church teachers receive.

In most churches I’ve attended, teachers and small group leaders who have been called to teach and approved by the church receive a study guide or book…

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