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What should a pastor do when a teacher is teaching something harmful? How can this situation best be avoided?

The best way to avoid placing destructive, harmful or misguided teachers in positions of authority is through careful screening and thorough training. In the same way an apprentice brick layer learns the craft by observing and emulating a master brick layer, a potential teacher is best screened, trained, and formed by first learning within the congregation. The master brick layer communicates all sorts of information to the apprentice, not the least of which is the "acceptable" and the "unacceptable" way to lay bricks. The same dynamic is present in a good, effective teaching apprenticeship. Ideally, the apprentice will receive a clear statement of accepted theology in the course of his or her training. However, not every denomination and/or congregation produces such a statement, so in many cases the apprentice must "catch" the functioning theology of the teacher. This process will help both teacher and apprentice understand expectations and one another's position when a harmful breach ...

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