In my past, I was a full-time, vocational instructor for Advanced Industrial Electronics. I received students that had completed their foundational courses in Electronics.
I’ll never forget the first class I taught. I drew a simple electronic schematic on the blackboard. I walked the class through the operation of the circuit. Then I “disconnect” one component and asked my students to tell me what would happen. None of them had a clue. They had learned, but they had not “done.”
The purpose of teaching is to enable people to know, to learn, a particular subject. To train people is to enable people to do, to act upon what they have learned. Jesus told his Apostles, “If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them.” (John 13:17) Jesus provided academic teaching and vocational training.
It’s not enough for us to study God’s Word, to attend Sunday school and church, even men’s prayer breakfasts or women’s retreats. Learning is essential, but without vocational training, there is limited value. This is not a case for either/or. Rather, the need is for both.
God’s heart is for His children to “do,” according to His will. Rejoice with those who teach God’s Word and rejoice with those that are vocational instructors who train God’s people to know how to do what He has said.