Diane Bloem

READ : Matthew 10:11-20

Some students who are heading back to school this month are future ministers and evangelists. They are preparing for their special calling by learning from experienced, wise teachers. In addition to studying the Bible thoroughly and learning how its teachings apply to life, they learn how to communicate effectively and how to work with people. They learn how to pray for themselves and others.

We first read of similar training in the Old Testament where there are several references to the “company of the prophets” (2 Kings 2). In the New Testament we have the prime example of Jesus teaching and training His disciples, sending them out for internship or field training (Matt. 10). Later we read of Barnabas teaching Paul, Paul teaching Timothy and Titus, Priscilla and Aquila instructing Apollos.

Jesus warned His disciples of the difficulty of their task: “I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves” (Matt. 10:16). Church leaders are faced with increasing opposition and less respect from the world. They must deal with complicated ethical questions. They need strong, sound training to prepare them as they respond to God’s call saying, “Here am I, send me” (Isa. 6:8). They also need unwavering support and encouragement from God’s people.


Spirit of God, call, equip, and encourage leaders for Your church. Help them learn. Bless their teachers. For Jesus’ sake. Amen.