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Maintaining the Joy of Teaching. Derek Keenan – VP of Academic Affairs. Fundamental preparation for ministry. “It is the Christian’s moral obligation to be joyful, ant the failure of the Christian to be joyful is sin” – RC Sproul I must be a conveyor of hope

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maintaining the joy of teaching

Maintaining the Joy of Teaching

Derek Keenan – VP of Academic Affairs

fundamental preparation for ministry
Fundamental preparation for ministry
  • “It is the Christian’s moral obligation to be joyful, ant the failure of the Christian to be joyful is sin” – RC Sproul
  • I must be a conveyor of hope
  • Integrity link between joy and hope
what does joy mean in a teaching ministry
What does joy mean in a teaching ministry?
  • Changes your value system
  • Produces stamina
      • Need juice in January-April
      • Research shows that is prime time in their retention. Teachers need energy for that time.
      • Be God’s person, in God’s place for you - confindence
  • Increases your influence
prerequisites for joy
Prerequisites for Joy
  • Gratitude

1 Thess 5:16-18 NIV “Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances.”

  • Contentment
    • Godliness with contentment is great gain.
  • Peace
seven keys of joy
Seven keys of joy

Sayings from John of the Cross (1542-1591) who wrote The Dark Night of the Soul and these sayings from Sayings of Light and Love

  • Joy INDEX
    • Rejoice habitually in God, who is your salvation
    • Make eye contact with students in the hallway.
  • Biblical AXIOMS for joy
        • My spirit becomes dry because it forgets to feed on You.
        • TAwG – Time Alone with God: running, etc
        • A merry heart is good medicen
seven keys of joy cont
Seven keys of joy (cont.)
  • Accountable with SOMEONE for your spirit
      • People matter. Not so “on a mission” that I forget about people
  • Read the MIRRORS in your classroom
      • “He is meek who knows how to suffer his neighbor and himself”
    • Young students are particularly prone to reflect how you are feeling
    • My attitude in the adversity of life – How does that reflect are attitude of God. He is sovereign
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Every day needs JOY moments
      • It is a serious evil to have more regard for God’s blessings than for God Himself
  • Make a joy INVESTMENT in someone everyday.
      • Put a not in the mailbox of another teacher.
      • Administrators tell teachers, “You do good work”
        • Ask students who your favorite teacher and what they got out of the class. Have them go and
      • “In all things both high and low, let God be your goal.”
  • Don’t forget the HEALTH issues.
      • It is hard to be joyful when we are not heathy.
      • “It’s great to have our happy dad back” Doing too many things and not eating healthy and exercising.