I would have to say the most intimidating thing about doing this is the false notion that public schools do not allow prayer groups or Bible studies. That could not be further from the truth. Teachers have every right to support one another through prayer outside of school hours. Talk to your administration. Be sure to get their backing. Most administrators will be in favor of your caring heart to reach out to the staff. Christian teachers in public education need that support as much as anyone, so here it is. I am throwing down the gauntlet. If your building does not have one, why not you?
Nowhere in the Bible does it say that it is okay to turn off your Christianity on the job. We can model it to our students through the way we treat them, and we can lead our co-workers and witness to them on our own time away from the students. What does Revelation 3: 16 state about lukewarm Christians? “So, because you are lukewarm–neither hot nor cold–I am about to spit you out of my mouth.” Pretty convicting if I do say so!
Believe me, I’ve been there. In August 2012 I knew I wanted to do it, but the question was HOW? It took some planning, and yes, I had to jump through a few hoops, but the Bible study in my building has been going strong for over a year now. And guess what? It’s getting stronger every day! It doesn’t matter if you’re male or female. It doesn’t matter if you’ve been to church your entire life or if you’ve been saved as recently as yesterday. If you have the drive, the passion to do it, you can do the same for your staff in your building.
I believe so strongly in this, that I am offering something to you for absolutely free. Post a comment below, and I will get back to you. I’ll guide you step by step if you need me to. Heck, you can even use the devotionals off this blog to get yourself started. Share them! Get God’s word out there as all Christians are called to do, and do it with creativity and excellence. Mark 16: 15 states, “And he said to them, Go you into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” I’m pretty sure that means everyone.
So what do you say? Are you going to get the ball rolling or are you going to come up with another lame excuse why this won’t work? I’ve heard them all. Too busy with kids. Too much grading. Too many responsibilities. No time for it. Hogwash. I am the proud parent of two toddler boys, I teach language arts, I grade papers when I can, I am involved in two Bible studies in my church, I make time for my lovely wife, and I am still there every Friday morning with my loyal group of colleagues that are devoted to Christ. I wouldn’t trade my Friday mornings for the world. Best half hour of my week at work, and we do it a half hour before contract time begins. Isn’t it time you were able to say the same thing?