Do You Feel Called to Teach?

In 1977 John Piper organized some advice for a group of college students who were considering a career in teaching biblical and theological studies.

The counsel includes the goal of teaching, the difficultly in teaching, and the personal traits that might make you fit for such a vocation.

Here's the list of those five personal traits:

  1. You have to be a good explainer.
  2. You have to believe in the value of thinking.
  3. You need to feel an inner drive to solve intellectual problems.
  4. You need to be what the Germans call a “Menschenkenner.”
  5. You need the discipline to sit at a desk and think and write for 10–14 hours a day.

Read the entire paper. It's short and helpful.


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Jonathan Parnell (@jonathanparnell) is a writer and content strategist at Desiring God. He lives in the Twin Cities with his wife, Melissa, and their four children, and is the co-author of How to Stay Christian in Seminary.