Ten Marks of I.N.C.R.E.D.I.B.L.E. Teachers

 

I am working on a new training piece (book, video, & seminar) entitled Ten Marks of I.N.C.R.E.D.I.B.L.E. Teachers. I would like to ask for your help in making it a really useful tool for helping teachers. As I read in John Maxwell's new book recently, "You give me your ideas, I will give you credit, then I will sell you the book!"

Here is the outline I am working with at this time:

Inspirational—they move the heart as much as reach the head
Never stop reading and growing
Committed; really committed
Review, review, review
Example
Demonstrate through things that you can touch and feel
Incubate new groups
Big dreams
Love their students and their students know it
Enjoy God and enjoy teaching

One thing I would like to hear from you about is this: Are all ten of these things really necessary? Is there anything I have left out? Email me at josh@joshhunt.com

Here is a little fuller description of what I have in mind. If you have any stories, facts, illustrations, quotes or ideas to help flesh out one of more of these main topics, please help me out by sending them to me.

Inspirational—they move the heart as much as reach the head.

This is true for a couple of reasons. First, feeling right is part of what we are about. We are not only trying to make people believe right and behave right; we want them to feel right. We want them to feel obedient to the command of God to "rejoice in the Lord always" and "never be lacking in zeal." We want the to learn to follow Paul's example when he said, "I have learned in all things to be content."

Second, in the long run, people do what they feel like doing. Self-control is like a spare tire. We all need a spare tire. But if you run the spare tire all the time, you will be in trouble. That is why scripture says, "for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose." Philip. 2:13 (NIV) Not only to act, but to will (or want) to act according to His good purpose.

Three questions:

  • Other than telling touching stories, how do we do this?
  • How do we move the heart without being fluffy?
  • Could you share a story of really bad teaching, teaching that did not move you at all?

Again, email me at josh@joshhunt.com

Never stop reading and growing

I.N.C.R.E.D.I.B.L.E. teachers invite people to drink from a moving stream. A moving stream is living and life-giving. They don't often say, "Well, back in '54 I had a preacher that taught and I have always believed. . ." They more often say, "God has been teaching me just this week that. . ."

I.N.C.R.E.D.I.B.L.E. teachers love Barnes and Noble. They love Amazon. They love to read and study and grow and attend classes and listen to tapes in the car. They are constantly growing and stretching, pushing toward the mark.

Paul modeled this quality when he said, "When you come, bring the cloak that I left with Carpus at Troas, and my scrolls, especially the parchments." 2 Tim. 4:13 (NIV) Do you hear what he is saying? "It is fall. Winter is coming. It is going to get cold. Bring my coat. But, if you forget anything, don't forget my books." Books have always been important to the people of God.

Email me your list of most life changing books and books every teacher should read.

Committed; really committed

Jesus laid down his life. He didn't just help out. He laid down his life.

The difference is well illustrated in a movie I enjoyed recently, John Q. In this movie, an otherwise normal American guy is driven to craziness when his son gets sick. His son needs a heart transplant and the hospital will not put him on the list because his insurance had been cancelled. He holds up the hospital emergency room at gunpoint. At one point, one of the hostages says to the guard in the hospital, "Why don't you do something? You are a guard. You are supposed to protect us so that this kind of thing doesn't happen. Why don't you do something?" "Not me," he quips, "Not for $12 an hour." He was willing to help out; he was not willing to lay down his life.

Denzel Washington, who plays this dad, is willing to lay down his life. Toward the end of the movie he volunteers to take his own life and asks the doctor to take out his heart and give it to his son.

Jesus didn't lay down his life for a cause or idea. He laid down his life for sheep. Lynn Anderson wrote a book years ago with the title, They Smell Like Sheep. As someone in Oklahoma told me one time, "I understand what you are saying about loving people, but these people are hard to love." Jesus laid down his life for sheep and calls us to do the same. "And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers." 1 John 3:16 (NIV)


Review, review, review

We teach so little because we try to teach too much. Review is the mother of leaning. Paul modeled this when he said, " It is no trouble for me to write the same things to you again, and it is a safeguard for you." Philip. 3:1 (NIV)

Question: how do you review without being boring? Email me at josh@joshhunt.com

Example

I.N.C.R.E.D.I.B.L.E. Teachers say with Paul, "Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ. 1 Cor. 11:1 (NIV)


Demonstrate through things that you can touch and feel

I.N.C.R.E.D.I.B.L.E. Teachers are aware of various learning styles and teach using a variety of creative methods. They often bring things that you can touch and feel into the classroom to aid in their teaching.


Incubate new groups

I.N.C.R.E.D.I.B.L.E. Teachers know that the future of the church is the multiplication of groups. They are constantly looking for people to whom they can say with Paul, "And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable men who will also be qualified to teach others." 2 Tim. 2:2 (NIV)

Big dreams

I.N.C.R.E.D.I.B.L.E. Teachers don't just present a lesson. They are out to change the world. My dream is to see the "capital C" Church double in the next 20 years. I feel like little David who said, "Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, because he has defied the armies of the living God." 1 Samuel 17:36 (NIV) I have seen a Sunday School class double and I have seen a church double and my dream is to see the "capital C" Church double in the next 20 years. I.N.C.R.E.D.I.B.L.E. Teachers embrace a similar vision.


Love their students and their students know it

I.N.C.R.E.D.I.B.L.E. Teachers see themselves as pastors of a micro-church. A pastor's role extends beyond merely presenting truth. They must love the people. Same thing with a Sunday School teacher. We rarely change our lives except at the feet of someone we feel genuinely loves us.


Enjoy God and enjoy teaching

I.N.C.R.E.D.I.B.L.E. Teachers teach from joy. They live a life of joy in God and lead their students to do the same.

 

O.K. that is the working outline. What insights do you have? Are all ten of these qualities necessary? Is there anything I have left out? How could you help me illustrate these points with facts, stories, anecdotes and quotes to help strengthen the presentation? Email me at josh@joshhunt.com. Thanks!