The Teacher

Stewardship and Authority

The teacher has a significant role in his responsibilities to the church. Often this important calling has been moved to the background of overall church ministry.  Teachers have not been utilized to the full extent of their calling.  Observe the importance of their calling in the following scriptures:

 “The teacher’s duty is to watch over the church always, and be with, and strengthen them, and see that there is no iniquity in the church, neither hardness with each other; neither lying, backbiting, nor evil speaking;

And see that the church meet together often, and also see that all the members do their duty,

And he is to take the lead of meetings in the absence of the elder or priest,

And is to be assisted always, in all his duties in the church, by the deacons, if occasion requires;

But neither teachers nor deacons have authority to baptize, administer the sacrament, or lay on hands;

They are, however, to warn, expound, exhort, and teach, and invite all to come unto Christ.

Every elder, priest, teacher, or deacon, is to be ordained according to the gifts and callings of God unto him;

And he is to be ordained by the power of the Holy Ghost which is in the one who ordains him.”  D&C 17:11a-12b

Teachers, in organized areas are to be formed into quorums and will have a president.

“And also the duty of the president over the office of the teachers, is to preside over twenty–four of the teachers, and to sit in council with them-teaching them the duties of their office, as given in the covenants.”  D&C 104:39

Teachers are to watch over the church as standing ministry.

“And, behold, the high priests should travel, and also the elders, and also the lesser priests; but the deacons and teachers should be appointed to watch over the church, to be standing ministers unto the church.”  D&C 83:22