Teacher Time: Time for You!

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As public Christian school teachers, we are in a difficult situation. It is our duty as Christians to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ. However, there is a fine line we must stay away from in our jobs. As teachers continue to take over many of the responsibilities of parents in teaching Character Education, this brings our faith to the surface since so much of our morals, values, and ethics are tied in with our religious faith. We must find a way to share our faith with our students and co-workers without being “preachy” or violating the law.

Many years ago, several Christian teachers in my school decided to start meeting every Tuesday morning before school in someone’s room to have a time of devotional & prayer. To make sure we did this legally, we did this before our contract hours began and we used personal resources to advertise this (no school email). We would only spend maybe 10-15 minutes but it was a time to have a quick devotional reading, ask for prayer, and encourage one another in our daily walk with God. Any teacher or administrator was welcome to attend. This was nondenominational so we would read devotionals that are specifically for teachers or quick and easy devotionals written by people like Max Lucado. We strived to make all Christian denominations feel comfortable and respected so we didn’t talk “church.” We focused on God and our belief in Him and His Son. This time was a time for us, in which we could be there for one another to encourage one another and pray for one another as well as our school and students. It really helped to be able to connect with other teachers that shared the same belief in Jesus Christ. I encourage you to start a Teacher Time and see what God will do in your life and the life of your school!

Remember Matthew 18:20: “For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.”

Have you started any type of Christian group for teachers in your school? If so, I would love to hear about it and what you guys do. Please feel free to comment below.

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