Two teachers may be easier to find than one

I thought I had heard it all. The idea seemed crazy at first. The more I have reflected on the idea, the better I like it.

Lori Jones of Graceview Baptist Church, Tomball, TX shocked me with this thought: "We try to get two teachers in every class."

"You try to get two teachers in every class? I know lots of guys who struggle to get one teacher in every class and you get two? Isn't that twice as much work?"

"Actually," she responded, "it is not. It is actually easier."

"Uh, excuse me, but, how could it be easier to get twice as many teachers?"

"Simple. They are a whole lot more likely to say yes. They don't want the full responsibility of the whole class, but they do want to help. So, we get two teachers in every class."

She went on to explain several other benefits:

  • There is a built-in mentoring that make the group ripe for reproduction. Normally, there is one more experienced, and one less experienced teacher.
  • It is easier to reproduce because you already have two teachers in place.
  • The variety is good for the class. They tend to learn more from different voices. They often have one woman and one man teacher.
  • We don't have to worry too much in finding substitutes.
  • The teachers enjoy having a break and listening to others teach.

As I reflected on this conversation, I thought of the verse that says, "Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work." Eccles. 4:9 I thought of Jesus sending his disciples out two by two. Maybe two is a good idea.

Question: how would it work in your setting to have two teachers in every class?