Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace Ephesians 4:2-3
A head teacher can feel the difference in classrooms when walking along the corridor. There are joyful, fun-loving teachers, strict, no-nonsense teachers, diligent detailed teachers, and quiet, gentle teachers. All of these personalities can be successful in the classrooms.
Jesus told us that the greatest leaders among us would be great servants (Matt. 23:11). A teacher is a servant. Teachers are called to serve, to teach, and to share the knowledge that God has so graciously allowed them to learn.
Teaching is a ‘Christian ministry’ precisely because all we are, all that we own and all that we can do belongs to God. Teachers, teaching assistants, head teachers, governors, schools workers and others need our prayers as they offer pastoral support to students ‘Christianly’; relate to parents ‘Christianly’; to nurture links with the local community ‘Christianly’; and to teach all areas of the curriculum ‘Christianly’.
In short to pray that people in education are 24/7 Christians.
Spend a few moments praying for all of those who today return to school for a new year as teachers or in other roles.