Scripture Teacher Training in Liberia

The existing national curriculum for the “Religious Studies” subject in Liberia is pluralistic. Children are given the impression that all beliefs lead to the one true God, an impression which clearly contradicts the words of Jesus that; “I am the way, the truth and the life, no one comes to the Father, except by me“. Teachers who teach the Christian component of this subject have often received little to no form of Bible training. Resources are few and opportunities for formal training, scarce. Therefore teachers in Liberia teaching Christianity in schools are in need of desperate guidance and assistance.

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In response to this great need, Core Training has embarked upon a seven-year initiative called God’s Great Plan for Children, aimed at empowering Bible teachers in schools across the nation to teach God’s redemptive plan in Jesus, which can be traced from the Old Testament to the New Testament. Phase 1 began in August 2017, with the first course taking place in Monrovia, Liberia to a group of 80-100 participants. 80 Bibles were provided to those who had none, as well as 120 pages of session notes, two books and audio copies of the talks. You can read more about this course here.

In February 2018, two more courses took place in Ganta and in Voinjama. We plan to return to Monrovia in November 2018 to deliver the course again.

Schedule for God’s great plan for children

Phase 1:2017-2018
Provide biblical foundations for teachers through a ten day course, ’Knowing the Plan of God’.

Phase 2: 2019-2020
Provide teachers with a suitable curriculum, and train teachers to implement the new curriculum in their classrooms.

Phase 3: 2021-2022
Follow up through observation and feedback, and determine which teachers are capable of training other teachers.

Phase 4: 2023-2024
Provide the trainers of teachers with a manual. Commence and monitor local teachers training other teachers. Observe, implement improvements and handover to local trainers.

Your prayer and financial support would be greatly appreciated in this ministry.

God’s great plan…for children

After being informed by our local Liberian partners of the dire need for training of teachers who teach scripture in schools across Liberia, and after much prayer, consideration and planning, Core Training has embarked upon an initiative aimed at strengthening the Church in Liberia by training scripture teachers throughout the country. “God’s Great Plan…for Children”, as it has been branded, kicked off in August this year with our “Whole Counsel of God” course, relabeled “Knowing the Plan of God”. This is the first phase of several, that will take place over a 7-year period aimed at training scripture teachers in the Word of God, providing materials and curriculum for them and teaching them how to use the new curriculum effectively in their own context. Core aims to then train several teachers how to teach future teachers to use the curriculum, and aims to then hand over the entire project to local Liberian teachers in or around 2024.

Knowing the Plan of God – August 22 – September 2, 2017

The first course was held in August for the first half of teachers from schools in Monrovia at God’s Glory Free Pentecostal Church. Thanks to the great organizational skills of our local Liberian partners, the course was well-attended with participating teacher numbers varying from 80-105 on a daily basis, for the duration of the 10-day course. Participants included scripture teachers from Monrovia and those wanting to teach the scriptures in schools throughout the city. It was of utmost importance that the teachers were first grounded in the word of God, prior to receiving the curriculum next year, in order to be able to understand it correctly and to be able to answer any questions that the children might have. This course gives them the grounding they need.

During and following the course, many testified to the impact that the Word had upon them as they sat under the teaching throughout the 10 days. The teaching team were from a variety of ethnic and cultural backgrounds, and demonstrated very clearly the diversity of the people of God, combined with the unity in love, Spirit and Word that the people of God have in Christ. It was clear that due to the lack of doctrinal teaching available, and because of the great spread of black magic and witchcraft, that many were being deceived by the lies of the devil. This course brought these lies into the light of the scriptures and dispelled them!

The course was aimed at giving the teachers an understanding of Biblical theology, of God’s chronological plan of salvation throughout the scriptures, of righteousness through faith alone in Jesus Christ and to give them a biblical platform to understand topics that are prevalent in the African independent Church today, such as prosperity, miracles, servant leadership, deliverance, and how their faith in Christ relates to their traditional worship of ancestors.

You can find the course on Sound Cloud here:

We plan to hold another similar course to the second half of teachers in Monrovia later this year, or at  the beginning of next year, depending on funds, and then two more courses – one in Lofa county and one in Nimba county, for those outside of Monrovia.