Matt Bowman, a PE teacher in a local elementary school, has a unique perspective on the topic of work as worship. Though seemingly limited in his ability to share the gospel in his workplace, Matt's teaching gift and intentional pursuit of Jesus allows him to be a force for good, both in and out of the classroom.
My calling is to be a PE teacher and I have been an elementary PE teacher in Pike Township for 14 years. I praise God for giving me the spiritual gift of teaching and the ability to influence over 500 students a year.
My Christianity shows in my teaching style. For example, I manage the gym environment according to Godly principles: from the way I instruct students to treat each other, how to respond in conflict, and how I handle discipline.
The struggle with being a Christian teacher in a public school setting is the lack of freedom to teach about God and His amazing grace. This has to be done through relationships built on the side instead of openly teaching the entire class.
The relationships I develop with students and their families allow me to speak openly about God outside the school environment. God has given me several opportunities to help the spiritual and physical needs of others. My family and I have been able to house, clothe, feed, and provide transportation for those in need. These situations allow me to share my faith openly because they occur after the school hours.