About our Ministry
What We Do
Entrusted to Teach Ministries provides training and resources to local churches in an effort to strengthen small group Bible teaching.
“Entrusted to Teach” training workshops are designed to provide much needed practical matters such as the basics of Bible study, lesson preparation, and lesson presentation, but goes beyond the traditional training to address spiritual preparation and passion in teaching.
Entrusted to Teach Ministries is expanding into additional areas to assist churches that are facing complex and challenging management and financial issues. Many churches do not have an Executive Pastor or Business Administrator to provide leadership in the areas of policies and procedures, stewardship development, strategic budget planning, facility management or leadership training. In an effort to provide meaningful and helpful resources for churches needing administrative guidance, Entrusted to Teach offers the following training seminars for your church or association.
Why We Do What We Do
Small group Bible teachers have a sacred responsibility to communicate God’s Word as effectively as possible. The problem is, nowadays, we associate pushing play on a DVD player with teaching. It’s not working. Small group Bible teachers must play a critical role in the battle against Biblical illiteracy in our culture.
In my role as Associate Pastor of a large church, I was responsible for an adult division of Bible study. It was there that I was mentored by others who helped me to understand the essential need to train volunteer Bible teachers. Later, after I become a Pastor of another church, I surveyed our Sunday school classes and realized the need to equip our volunteer Bible teachers. Most had never received any training at all. As I talked with other Pastors, I began to see a familiar scenario that also plays out in other churches. When there is a need for a new Bible teacher and a gracious volunteer agrees to serve, that volunteer is given a quarterly and a word of thanks but, no training for the crucial task. The apostle Paul’s words to Timothy found in 2 Timothy 2:2 began to grip my heart; “and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men, who will be able to teach others also.”
I was convicted and compelled to do something. That something was to develop and implement a teacher training curriculum and workshop for my churches volunteer teachers. At around the same time, I began pursuing a doctorate of ministry degree and the teacher training ministry became the subject of my ministry project and dissertation. When the project was completed, my professors encouraged me to publish a study guide for small group Bible teachers that would include material from the dissertation. Over time the Lord continued to increase my passion for equipping teachers while at the same time doors began to open with churches and associations asking for training. In 2016, Entrusted to Teach, a nonprofit ministry, was founded. In 2017, I made a transition from Pastor to Executive Director of the ministry. Through an opportunity to teach east African pastors in 2018, the Lord confirmed for me that this ministry could also serve to strengthen the ministry of pastors in third world countries. God has continued to bless Entrusted to Teach Ministries and to provide additional training topics and opportunities to strengthen church leadership. To God Be the Glory! All for the Kingdom!
Dr. Terry Lanford
Founder and Executive Director
Barna Research survey results reveal that, “most church-going adults reject the accuracy of the Bible, reject the existence of Satan, claim that Jesus sinned, see no need to evangelize, believe that good works are one of the keys to persuading God to forgive their sins, and describe their commitment to Christianity as moderate or even less firm.”
“Entrusted to Teach” can help pastors equip small group Bible teachers in their church and raise small group Bible teaching to a powerful new level by:
- Communicating God’s passion for teaching.
- Challenging teachers to create a plan for greater spiritual growth.
- Teaching Bible study tools for deeper understanding of Scripture.
- Inspiring Bible teachers to greater dependence on the Holy Spirit.
- Learning from Biblical models of teaching like Ezra, Paul, and the greatest model of all, Jesus.
- Providing valuable instruction in lesson preparation and presentation.
Contact Entrusted To teach today to schedule a Bible teacher training seminar at your church.
According to George Gallup, “Americans revere the Bible—but, by and large, they don’t read it.”
If we hope to change our nation, we need to begin by changing our Churches . . . specifically, improve Bible teaching. Week after week, men and women with little or no teacher-training are teaching God’s Word.
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Thank you! We appreciate your prayers and partnership as we equip Bible Teachers worldwide! Every gift counts!
PO Box 160224
Boiling Springs, SC 29316