Teaching and preaching are two ways that the Christian message is given to people, two ways that Christ is revealed and made know. Preaching is spreading the “good news” or “gospel” of Jesus Christ, and is usually offered as a sermon of hope and encouragement during worship in church.
Teaching is different than preaching because it presents the Christian disciple with the opportunity for advanced learning of the content, history, context and reasoning of the Christian faith. It is dialogical, offering conversation about Christ and how to be Christian. Historically, teaching is “didache” (also known as the Teaching of the Twelve Apostles) and it is done apart from worship in group classes for the disciple who wants to know more about the faith.
Adult education classes at Saint John’s are held in the fall and spring.