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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 studylesson 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 proceduresstewardship developmentstrategic budget planningfacility 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

“Americans revere the Bible—but, by and large, they don’t read it.”

George Gallup

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.

Teaching God’s Word is one of the essential functions of the local church, and the Pastor cannot fulfill this huge responsibility alone. The apostle Paul instructed Timothy, “And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others” (2 Timothy 2:2).

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