By Laurie Germeraad Kagay Our movement is always changing. Just 6 years ago, the Institute of G.O.D. International began with just a handful of students under the direction of Mike and Gregg Garner. Today, our student body consists of over 100 people, varying in age from 18 to 60. As the Institute’s program expands to include more biblical studies, missiology and linguistic classes as well as offer masters degrees in both theology and missiology, there is a natural demand for more instructors.
As is a common practice in educational institutions, Dean and Director Mike Garner has decided that its most qualified instructors are those who have completed the program themselves. For that reason, student instructors have been selected to conduct classes of their own. The individuals selected to be student-instructors are graduates of the undergraduate program, and specifically those who excelled within it. These individuals have been recognized not only for their scholastic ability, but also for the integrity they exemplify as a result of a proper education in God’s Word. Mike Garner has taken utmost responsibility to guide and direct the preparation of his student-instructors, and as Dean holds them accountable to high standards (this summer, even from the Philippines).
The opportunity to be a student-instructor is beneficial to the instructor as well as to the student. Student-instructors are not just given the responsibility to conduct a class, but to better hone their ability to articulate the truth they have been entrusted with by their teachers. Participating in this capacity does not mean student-instructors are done being educated themselves. Learning to instruct others in their own cultural context is a necessary step before undergoing the education of students in a foreign one. This opportunity will give them necessary experience in the education arena, with the final goal being that they would be able to properly and effectively teach others in their given regions of focus. The need for biblical education is evident both here and abroad; for indeed, in our generation, biblical illiteracy is a global dilemma.
This summer, student-instructors are working hard to learn, adapt, or prepare curriculums that have been assigned to them for the following 2-3 semesters. Their subject matters (those topics and curriculums passed down to them from their teachers) include primary health care, dialectical writing, world religions, literary analysis, and the biblical books of Genesis, Exodus, Deuteronomy, 1 & 2 Samuel, Kings and Chronicles, the Psalms, Job and Proverbs, as well as the theological categories of Jesus & the Kingdom and psychology and theology.
Teaching should never be a sought-after position, but a humble acceptance of a gift that is imparted by God and recognized by a community. We believe in our Institute's program, and believe that the character of its graduates attests to the transformational power of the Word of God. It is because of that confidence that we entrust student-instructors with this opportunity, and look forward to the blessing it brings to them and others.