The True Church

I think many Christians would agree that life can be difficult and that we will all struggle with something at one time or another, but often people do not realize that those “in the ministry” suffer from the same struggles.

To some degree, those in ministry suffer from depression, anxiety, fears, etc. Most times, people in ministry will not admit that they struggle because they are afraid of what people will think about them—that maybe they will think less of them.

The truth, though, is that there are people in the Bible who struggled—for example, Elijah the Prophet, and Paul the Apostle. Experiencing some of the struggles that people in the congregation encounters is a great way for those in ministry to connect. I think it also helps the congregation to realize that they are not the only ones struggling, and that just because they are struggling it doesn’t mean that they are less of a Christian.

We are told to “carry each other’s burdens” (Gal 6:2) and to “encourage one another” (2 Thess 5:11). These Scriptural passages would not be in the Bible if personal struggles were not a part of our lives. So in our struggles, we should turn to one another for encouragement and support. We should also draw closer to God: “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world” (Jn 16:33). We have to do both—draw closer to one another and to draw closer to God.

Perhaps if people were more open about their struggles and we supported one another through these struggles then we can have the True Church—“All the believers were one in heart and mind… And God’s grace was so powerfully at work in them all” (Acts 4:32-33).

Be the “True Church”!

Copyright © 2016 Dr. M. Teresa Trascritti

My teaching philosophy

My church ministry calling is to counsel and teach people within the congregation and surrounding community.  I have gained valuable teaching experience through the public and private school system, through Sunday school and adult discipleship classes, facilitating on-campus classes and through online teaching.  The short-term goal is teaching a curriculum or subject, but the long-term goal is to help form and shape the vessel that God can use for His glory.

I feel that God is calling me to teach, mentor, and influence the next generation.  I find great satisfaction in teaching others from a Christ-centered perspective.  My desire is to help people grow in their relationship with Christ.  I see a need to help believers build a stronger understanding of what it means to be a Christian.  The advantage of a Christian education is that basic scholastic learning allows the learner to realize God’s general revelation, while the study of Christian doctrine exposes God’s special revelation to students.  I believe teaching in a Christ-centered environment is a more holistic educational approach.

Several Bible verses guide my teaching.  Colossians 3:23 reminds me that I must do my work for the Lord, while Ephesians 2:10 and John 15:16 tells me that through Christ, God has prepared me for the work that He has given me.  In order for me to be a good teacher, I must be faithful in both my growth in Christ (2 Peter 3:18; Micah 6:8) and my love for others (1 John 4:21; John 15:12).  As a Christian, I believe everything is “theological.”  Not only is my worldview a Christian one, but everything I see around me points to the Creator God.  For example, the “Great Man” theory of leadership claims that leaders are born, but this is only part of the explanation.  The Bible says that God gifts people with certain abilities (Romans 12:6), and “all things are from God” (1 Corinthians 11:12).  So, leaders are not simply born to be leaders, they are created by God with abilities to lead. 

I believe in all that we do, we should do it as if for the Lord (Col. 3:23).  My desire is to help people grow in their relationship with Christ.  I see a need to help believers build a stronger understanding of what it means to be a Christian.  The Bible should always be the starting point in teaching any subject matter, and the basis for which all facets of life is evaluated.  Christians should be encouraged to infuse their faith with their everyday life, and the role of Christian schools is to reinforce the Bible into one’s personal life philosophy and decision making.  Christianity is not only what the person does, but also what a person is.

I think everyone should have a personal philosophy– what drives you to do what you do, and how do you go about in doing it? So what is your personal philosophy?

Copyright © 2013 M. Teresa Trascritti