How Do I Ensure Volunteers Are Teaching Theological Truth?

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Church membership. Churches that require their
volunteer teachers to be church members help to ensure that their
teachers believe what the church teaches. If you are unwilling to
require membership of your teachers, you can require that they
attend the membership class. This will help them understand the
beliefs of your church and will help them discover whether they
believe the same things.

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· Hold discussions. Have a discussion with
these potential volunteers after they’ve attended the membership
class to see if they are in agreement with the teachings of your
church. Before you meet with them, investigate what you and other
leaders in your church consider the basic beliefs that all
potential volunteers must agree with in order to serve.

· Statement of faith. In lieu of either of
these suggestions, include your church’s statement of faith with
your teacher-information materials. In the volunteer’s interview,
discuss the statement of faith to see if he or she has any
questions or areas of disagreement with it. Ask volunteers to sign
the statement of faith as part of the application process.

· Curriculum choices. Choose a curriculum that
is theologically sound and is in agreement with your church’s
teachings. If a volunteer teacher sticks with the lessons in the
curriculum, there should be no problem. However, if you’re worried
about a teacher veering from the suggested lesson, spend some time
observing that class and talking with the teacher about what he or
she intends to teach.

· Training times. Spend time in
teacher-training meetings talking about the beliefs of your church.
Invite a pastor to talk to your volunteers about what your church
believes. Allow time for questions. If you notice a teacher having
a problem with a certain basic truth, talk privately to that
teacher about it.

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