BOOK: The Ministry Gifts
Chapter 2: The Five-Fold Ministry Gifts
- Teacher



Means "teacher", one who instructs or teaches.  Translated in new testament as:

  1. A teacher is an establisher, and a strengthener.  He is not an establisher in works (apostolic), but in rooting and grounding people in the Word of God, in the truths of the Bible, so that they can stand the attacks of Satan, and walk in faith.  Without a teacher, people:
  • would not be able to grow up in the Lord, to stand and walk,  
  • be carried about by every wind of false doctrine (Eph 4:14),
  • might move in the gifts, but never come to maturity of character (love walk).
II Tim     3:16 -17
All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:  That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.
Notice that teachers were above miracles, and gifts of healings (1 Cor 12:28).  If you don't get teaching, you have to get healed again, and again, and again.  But proper teaching will get you where you can continually walk in your health (healeth), and you will not need to be healed (that is maturity)!
Romans    12:2
And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
  1. A teacher will emphasize the accuracy of the Word, and usually teach line upon line, precept upon precept.  He will teach systematically, and use examples and illustrations, to assist your understanding.
Isaiah    28:9-10
Whom shall he teach knowledge?  and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts.  For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little:
  1. Usually is a roving or traveling ministry (Acts 13:1 - Paul).  The knowledge is not dry, but fresh, new, and alive!
Matthew   13:52
Then said he unto them, Therefore every scribe which is instructed unto the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an householder, which bringeth forth out of his treasure things new and old.
Hebrews    6:1-2
Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God,  Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.
  1. A teacher will have strong revealed knowledge from God!
I Cor     11:23
For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, That the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread:

Gal        1:11-12
But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man.  For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ.
  1. The teaching will be by divine ability and anointing. (John 14:26)

Though a teacher may be based in a church, and teach at that church, he is a part of the five fold ministry.  He should also teach (minister) from the pulpit.  There is a difference between teaching and preaching at pulpit.  A teacher is not a "Sunday School teacher" as we think of them; we all have some natural ability to teach or explain things.  Also, some in the church may have a motivational gift to "teach" (
Rom 12:7), but this is not a divine call, gift, or anointing into the five fold.  A Sunday School teacher will not have the deep revelation knowledge given directly by God that a five fold ministry teacher would have.


Most likely gifts active in this office:
Motivational:         teaching, exhortation, organization (ruleth).
Five Fold:             teacher, and maybe others.
Charismatic:          word of wisdom, word of knowledge, prophecy.
                           (strong revelation gifts)