Being a Teacher in a Christian School

[NOTE: small update below]

I’ve had a lot of thoughts lately on the pros and cons of being a Christian educator.

PROS

  • Kids are generally awesome and super well-behaved
  • I don’t have to tip-toe around my faith
  • I can learn about Jesus during school hours because it’s part of the job
  • Regular chapel with time to praise and worship
  • Many supportive parents that care about both education and a child’s morality and faith upbringing
  • Instant connections with other staff members because of a common foundation in Christ
  • I get to be a part of all the uniquely Christian things. If you don’t know what weird and funny stuff Chrsitians are into, learn by checking out Stuff Christians Likeimage taken from http://www.sparklingadventures.com/index.php?id=885

CONS

  • Though many staff members focus on the common bond or unity in Christ, some staff members make a big issue out of silly things like Harry Potter, going to a bar for a drink, or whether or not global warming is true
  • Sometimes your colleagues just hang out with one another – you lose sight of the rest of the world or where other people are coming from. We need to know non-Christians’ perspective. (READER: if you want to reconnect with non-believers, check to see where they might be coming from on the Friendly Atheist site.)
  • Reading the Bible and listening to messages sometimes become a chore rather than a joy
  • Related to the above, sometimes my time spent preparing for teaching Bible classes gets substituted for my personal quiet times with God. In other words, doing ministry can get in the way of being ministered to unless I specifically implement measures to avoid this pitfall
  • Teaching at a Christian school for a number of years can be a career killer if I were to ever become part of a non-Christian education system

Harry Potter photo © 2009 Danelle Bunker | more info (via: Wylio)
Still, I think I there are more and stronger pros than cons. I like being a Christian educator, and I really enjoy ministering to people. Regardless of where I end up in life, I know that I am called to live a life of integrity 100% of the time – whether in school, at church, while playing ultimate frisbee, at a bar, or even just walking the crowded streets of Hong Kong (I get too easily annoyed by people with poor walking skills. If you feel similarly, you will appreciate a post from the Phantom Future blog).

[UPDATE on 25 Feb 2012: I’ve learned how to deal with inconsiderate city walkers! You can learn how by watching this Japanese video]

image taken from http://phantomfuturedotcom.files.wordpress.com/2011/04/tourists1.png

I am a Christian and a Christian teacher. I’m cool with this. And I look forward to the many opportunities to shine brightly into people’s lives, wherever that might be.  🙂

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5 thoughts on “Being a Teacher in a Christian School

  1. Enjoyed reading this post and will be praying for you as you embark on a new phase of professional life 🙂

    I’m personally not too bothered about the nitty-gritty details like your first con, but then again it’s just me; maybe I’ve not focused on or paid attention to what others say…

    • Thanks Vanessa! I’m looking forward to finalizing the details for next year. There’s still a fraction of doubt about what’s to come. As Dory said, “Just keep swimming!” If you’re confused, here’s the video clip.

      • I’m sure there’s a lot of excitement in the midst of the fear, and knowing that what you’re doing is exactly what you need to be doing is going to help too.

        “Finding Nemo” is a great demonstration of the Campbell model of the Hero’s Journey monomyth. Very interesting; – check it out here.

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