Holy Spirit Directed School: Part 3
Dr. Dennis Demuth
Teachers, who are professionally trained educators, especially if they have had experience, should be able to take the curriculum that is presented to them, de-velop objectives, and design and carry out instruction. As a teacher encounters roadblocks to learning, for example student’s lack of prerequisite knowledge, lack of motivation, boredom, to name a few, it is expected that he would be able to make curriculum and re-source adjustments, and change and adapt teaching methods and style to facilitate learning.
All of these are important ingredients for instructional excellence and academic accomplishment. These are expected of all teachers at Victory Christian School.
Going Beyond the Expected
Administrators and teachers at VCS are here because they have heard the Spirit of God and accepted His specific direction to be at VCS. It is more than just a place of employment; it is more than supporting your family, or an alternative to teaching in a public school.
By accepting this calling to teach at Victory Christian School, you also make a commitment to go beyond the expectations presented above. This commitment includes allowing the Holy Spirit to work through you to help student minds become renewed and to submit their wills to the Father; pressing them to understand the importance of God’s Word as the standard of all behavior, the importance of listening, hearing and obeying the Spirit of God, and the satisfaction in shar-ing the love of God with others.
Establishing a Climate for Change
In order for the Holy Spirit to do his work through a teacher, it is essential that the teacher establish a cli-mate that is conducive to spiritual change.
Consider the following actions:
1. Establish an orderly environment. We serve a God
of order and purpose. God took action on a planet that was without form and void; He brought things into order – night and day, division of the waters, before He created everything else. In order for the Spirit of God to move in your classroom, you must take the initiative to ensure order. Only after you have established order and control, will you experi-ence the creative direction of the Holy Spirit. If or-der and control are not present, ask the Holy Spirit to show you what the issues are and how to solve them. Seek godly advice from experienced col-leagues and administrators.
2. Ensure that your course content and personal life include a strong biblical worldview. Identify biblical principles that relate to the content to be taught. Use this biblical world view as the “interpretive lense” for understanding what is being taught. Use this biblical worldview to direct your actions and thoughts, as well as your response to the content and the questions students ask, and the discus-sions that take place.
3. Make prayer a priority. Open each day (each peri-od) with prayer. Ask for the leading and directing of the Holy Spirit. When students do not comprehend what is being presented, pause for prayer. Take authority over lack of understanding. Ask for their eyes of understanding to be opened. Be fervent; be effectual. Ask the Holy Spirit to focus every thought on what is being presented. Call forth understand-ing. Then be prepared to make adjustments as the Spirit directs.
4. Release the work of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is your team teacher. Take advantage of his pres-ence. Ask Him to help you teach "all things." Invoke the spirit of wisdom to be present in your class.
5. Release the anointing contained in your gift of teaching. God's anointing resides in you; therefore, allow it to be released. Expect God's gift of teach-ing to take you beyond professional training and experience.
6. Speak words that bring success. Avoid words such as "this is going to be difficult," "you will have trou-ble getting these problems," "most students can't understand this subject," "I'll be surprised if anyone gets an A+.” Speak success-filled words and suc-cess will come.