Gift of Teaching

Gift of Teaching (Romans 12:7, 1 Corinthians 12:28)

This gift is the ability to communicate information in such a way that members of the Body of Christ understand how to apply spiritual principles to their own lives and ministries.

  • There were positions in the New Testament church for some who had this gift. (Acts 13:1)
  • As a result of the use of this gift, people will not just know more, but their behavior will actually change. (Acts 11:25, 26)
  • Some may use this gift in a:
    • Large group – Acts 5:42; 19:11; 20:20
    • Small group – Acts 2:42; 5:42; 20:20
    • One-on-one – Acts 18:26; II Timothy 2:2
  • Everyone is called to teach. (Matthew 19, 20)
  • Exercising this gift carries with it a greater accountability for the teacher. (James 3:1)
  • The goal of this gift is spiritual maturity. (Colossians 1:28-29; II Timothy 3:16-17)

Biblical Examples:

  • Acts 18:24-28 — Apollos
  • Acts 18:11; 20:20 — Paul
  • II Timothy 2:2; 4:11 — Timothy

Possible Characteristics of this Gift:

  • Your prayers are often for understanding for those you are teaching.
  • You enjoy people.
  • You have a genuine concern for those you are teaching.
  • You have a great deal of patience for those who are learning from you.
  • You have the ability to communicate scripture in an understandable way.
  • You have seen others apply your teachings to their lives and grow as a result.
  • You are not easily threatened by criticism when teaching.
  • You enjoy spending time in study for your teaching.
  • Your study is intended to help you clearly communicate with others.
  • As a lay person, you find little time for other ministries in addition to teaching.
  • You may communicate through the use of various media.
  • You are concerned that precise words and illustrations communicate what you want to say.
  • You are always learning and then wanting to teach it to others.
  • You are able to apply truths to the lives of others.
  • You sometimes feel you could communicate a point better than someone else who is teaching.
  • You are a disciplined person.

Common Support Gifts:

Wisdom, Prophecy, Evangelism, Faith

Possible Ministries:

  • KIDS (Nursery, Preschool, and Elementary Teachers, Curriculum Team, Camp/Retreat Teacher)
  • Life Groups (Life Group Leader)
  • Missions (Local Missions Volunteer, Short Term Mission Trip Team)
  • Student Ministries (Teacher, Small Group Leader, Camp/Retreat Teacher)
  • Sports and Rec (Coach)
  • Men’s Ministry (Men’s Ministry, Seniors)
  • Women’s Ministry (Women’s Ministry, Legacy MOMS, Widows, Seniors)
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