“And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ” – Ephesians 4: 11-12
A teacher is a part of the lesser priesthood of outer ordinances. For the women of the Fellowship, teachers are a part of the Sisterhood of Miriam. Although they may be called to travel, Teachers are generally assigned locally, appointed to watch over the church, as standing ministers of the church.
In the Fellowship, a Teacher is a Deacon with added responsibilities. If a Deacon is at least 14 years of age, and feels the call from the Holy Spirit to join the Order of the Ministry, she should petition to become a Teacher. The Lord has commanded the Fellowship to ask all prospective teachers the following:
- Do you take upon yourself the name of Christ?
- Have you been born again unto your redeemer, Jesus Christ?
- Do you desire to serve the Lord in the office of teacher?
- Will you strive to move forward in Christ, that the Holy Spirit may be in you and with you even unto the end of your life?
- Are you obedient to the laws of your land (or of your country), in the kingdom of men?
If she answers in the affirmative to all of these, is willing to rejoice with those who rejoice, mourn with those that mourn, and she does not cause that harm come to another; she may partake of the Lord’s ordinances as the Holy Spirit so leads as a Teacher in the Fellowship.
Any later found unworth may still be stripped of their title.
The teacher’s duty is to:
- watch over the Fellowship always
- be with and strengthen the members of the Fellowship
- see that there is no iniquity in the Fellowship, neither hardness with each other, neither lying, backbiting, nor evil speaking
- see that the Fellowship meets together often
- see that all the members do their duty
- take the lead of meetings in the absence of the high priestess or priestess—and is to be assisted always, in all her duties in the Fellowship, by the deacons; if occasion requires
The role of teacher in the Fellowship allows one to teach the gospel. Like deacons, teachers are to warn, expound, exhort, and teach, and invite all to come unto Christ. Male or female, teachers do not administer the sacraments of baptism, communion, or any other sacraments – though they may pass or prepare the communion and be witnesses of ordinances.
Being a Teacher is not a full time job, but an unpaid service to the Fellowship. Like a Deacon, they must be baptized and worthy of representing Jesus Christ and teach that same Gospel found in the Bible and the Book of Mormon. A Teacher will carry a certificate with them at all times authorizing her to perform the duties of her calling.
As a Teacher, one may join the Order of the Ministry to teach the Gospel of Jesus Christ, that they might help them learn as the grow grace by grace (Hebrews 5: 12-14). Their role, just as Deacons’ is the work of perfecting the Saints. In the Order of the Ministry she would shadow another member of the Order, learning how to teach the Gospel to her fellow Saints.
There may be up to 24 teachers in an assembly.