In many universities and colleges, full time teaching is considered to be three courses during the semester. Here in the Bible college program, I taught one class the first half of the semester and I am now teaching two more classes in the graduate school of the Bible college during the second half of the semester. I have about fifty students in the two classes. One class is on Soteriology (the Doctrine of Salvation) and the other is an Old Testament Survey class.
This is a heavy workload and makes for a hectic week. Both classes meet on Tuesday so that is a very long day and tiring day for me. I teach the doctrine of salvation class for four hours in the morning in one location. Then I have five or so hours off before heading to another location to teach the evening class in OT Survey. That class begins at six and is three hours long. My first class begins at 8 in the morning and I am leaving after finishing my last class at somewhere close to 10 at night. So I teach for seven hours on one day with a six hour break in the middle of the day. It makes for a long day and a late night.
The rest of the week is taken up with lesson preparation and the grading of papers during the day. In the evening hours I also have four Bible studies that I teach during the week. There is also a leadership meeting one night a week as well. And of course there is church on Sunday. In many ways this work load is the equivalent of two full time jobs. But then the Bible tells us to â€œmake the most of our time as the days are evil.â€
The only way we can make the world a better place is to dedicate ourselves to the preaching of the Gospel then compliment that with the training and education of new Christians as we develop them into effective evangelists and a new generation of church leaders. Pray with me that God grant me the stamina I need for a workload that is long on learning. Thank God with me for the doors of opportunity that He has opened to us.