Teacher Commitment Service

Here is a ready-made service for use as a ceremony to induct and inspire Sabbath School teachers. The general Sabbath School superintendent gives the introduction and reads the charge to teachers. Teachers individually place roses or other available flowers into a vase and recite their respective responses. All other Sabbath School workers read the scriptural references in unison. Teachers and other workers stand facing the congregation as Sabbath School members sing the first verse of hymns to them.

Leader: This morning we focus on our teachers. The symbols used in this service of appreciation are the vase, which represents the church, and the flowers, which represent the teacher. The act of placing the flower into the vase represents each teacher’s commitment to faithful service in the Sabbath School.

Teachers and officers of the beginners class stand and file by the vase. When they have all reached the designated spot, the leader reads the charge.

Leader: Just as you are the first to teach the children in the Sabbath School, you are to be the first to speak words of self-commitment and to present your symbols of commitment to the children you teach and to your church.

Teachers of beginner class: Having accepted the call to this educational ministry as a teacher in the beginners class, I now commit my love, by time, and my talent to God’s children.

Leader: Teachers and officers of the kindergarten class please take your place.

Teachers and officers of the kindergarten class stand and file by the vase. When they have all reached the designated spot, the leader reads the charge.

Leader: We know that patience and understanding are essential ingredients of your ministry with our little ones. Their first impressions of Christ and His teachings are long-lasting. Therefore, your responsibility is great.

Teachers of kindergarten class: As I walk in the footsteps of Jesus, I will instruct His children in the fact and spirit of His truth, and by His grace will direct them to the kingdom.

Leader: Teachers and officers of the primary class please take your place.

Teachers and officers of the primary class stand and file by the vase. When they have all reached the designated spot, the leader reads the charge.

Leader: After the seed of Christianity has been sown in the hearts of our little children, the responsibility of nurturing and developing that precious seed passes into your hands. The beauty of childhood is reflected in the beautiful blooms you have added to the vase.

Teachers of primary class: Lord, I will humbly and patiently do my part to win primary children to Your service. To this loving ministry I commit myself.

Workers: “Jesus called them to Him and said, ‘Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of God’ ” (Luke 18:16, NKJV).

All, including the entire congregation, sing the hymn: “Lead Them, My God, to Thee” (Seventh-day Adventist Hymnal, no. 653).

Leader: Teachers and officers of the junior and earliteen classes come forward.

Teachers and officers of the junior and earliteen classes stand and file by the vase. When they have all reached the designated spot, the leader reads the charge.

Leader: The foundation of Christian living is laid in the hearts of men and women at an early age. Great are your responsibilities and privileges as you continue to shape the lives of our boys and girls at this teachable age.

Teachers of junior and earliteen classes: To this high and noble task of ministering to these children I pledge my loving, consecrated, and untiring service.

Leader: Teachers and officers of the youth class come forward.

Teachers and officers of the youth class stand and file by the vase. When they have all reached the designated spot, the leader reads the charge.

Leader: Your pupils are at the age when they are neither child nor adult, when life holds great expectations and uncertainty. The importance of Christian teaching for this age group cannot be overestimated. We are deeply grateful for your efforts.

Teachers of youth class: I commit myself to being a channel through which the knowledge, the love, and the spirit of service can flow to our students.

All, including the entire congregation, sing the hymn: “Take My Life and Let It Be” (Seventh-day Adventist Hymnal, no. 330).

Leader: Teachers and officers of the young adult class come forward.

Teachers and officers of the young adult class stand and file by the vase. When they have all reached the designated spot, the leader reads the charge.

Leader: Your students are at the age when they are pulled to live in two directions. You have the task of helping them to choose to resist the pressures of the world and cling to Christian living.

Teachers of young adults class: I commit myself to this ministry to which I have been called and claim the promises of Christ for strength and wisdom.

Leader: Teachers and officers of the adult classes come forward.

Teachers and officers of the adult classes stand and file by the vase. When they have all reached the designated spot, the leader reads the charge.

Leader: You have the awesome responsibility of teaching members who range from those in young manhood and young womanhood to well beyond threescore and ten and from every education level and work group. As you have the authority of Christ to teach, you have the assurance of Christ, “Lo, I am with you always.”

Teachers of adult classes: Relying on the ministry and nurture of the Holy Spirit and availing myself of the vast resources He has provided His remnant church, I pledge myself to faithful service.

All, including the entire congregation, sing the hymn: “Not I, but Christ” (Seventh-day Adventist Hymnal, no. 570).

Leader: Today is just one day in the service of our Sabbath School teachers, but we must shower our words of kindness, caring, and encouragement upon these faithful volunteers every day. Please stand with me for the prayer of commitment for ourselves as well as for our Sabbath School teachers.

Prayer should be offered by the church pastor.


A. E. Morgan
© 2002 General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists