To teach in Adventist education is a calling to a great and sacred career deeply rooted in the mission to enlighten the mind, bod, and spirit. It’s not merely about imparting academic knowledge; it’s an all-encompassing endeavor that involves nurturing the entire being of each student in a Christ-centered environment. This calling beckons individuals passionate about shaping young lives as educators, spiritual mentors and moral guides.

In Adventist schools, teachers have the unique opportunity to integrate faith with learning, to inspire a love for truth, and a commitment to service. It is a role that transcends the conventional boundaries of teaching, blending the pursuit of intellectual excellence with the development of Christian character. Those who respond to this call join a community dedicated to preparing students for success in the world and a life of spiritual fulfillment and eternal significance.

Teaching in an Adventist school is more than a career; it’s a calling. It’s about imparting knowledge while also shaping character. Teachers in our schools are mentors, role models and spiritual guides. They play a critical role in developing the next generation of church and community leaders.

The benefits of this calling are manifold. Teachers experience the joy and satisfaction of making a real difference in the lives of their students. They witness firsthand the growth and transformation of young minds. Looking to the future, the impact of a teacher extends far beyond the classroom. The values and lessons imparted last a lifetime, influencing not just the students but the communities they will eventually serve.

Currently, our schools face a significant challenge: a shortage of teachers. This shortage isn’t just a logistical issue; it’s a spiritual one. We need motivated, called teachers to step forward. Your contribution can make a vital difference in continuing the legacy of Adventist education. Each teacher who answers this call is an answer to prayer, a beacon of hope in our mission to educate and empower the next generation.

Traditional and alternate routes to the classroom

Becoming a teacher in our Adventist schools is an accessible journey with multiple pathways. The traditional route involves obtaining a degree in education, which provides a solid foundation in teaching methodologies, curriculum development, classroom management and student assessment. Minnesota Conference

However, there are alternate routes for those who feel called to teach but have taken a different professional path. For individuals with degrees in other fields, it’s possible to move into the classroom while completing the coursework required for certification. This allows a person to bring their unique skills and perspectives to the classroom while gaining the necessary knowledge through practical and academic experience. This relevant coursework is designed to equip you with the essential tools and knowledge to become an effective educator within our system.

If you feel the stirring of this calling in your heart, or if you know someone who could be called to the teaching ministry, we encourage you to take the next step. Reach out to your local Adventist school or the education department of your local conference. Inquire about opportunities to observe, volunteer or even teach. Engage with current educators to understand their experiences and insights.

For those ready to pursue this path, consider beginning with the educational prerequisites. Explore the various traditional and alternative programs and find the one that aligns with your journey. Learn more at

To each of you reading this, the call is clear. If you feel the tug in your heart to teach, mentor and make a difference in the lives of our youth, respond to that call. Teaching in an Adventist school is shaping the future, one student at a time. Let’s come together to fill our schools with passionate, dedicated teachers who are committed to educating and nurturing our young people in the love and knowledge of Christ.

Don’t wait – the time to act is now. Be the change you wish to see in our schools. We are excited to welcome you into our family of educators and look forward to supporting you on this rewarding journey.

James C. Davis, Jr. is education superintendent for the Minnesota Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.