If you could create the ideal curriculum…

March 7, 2013 — 2 Comments

Think-Tank.final-logo1I’m on my way this morning to Nashville for a “Think Tank” with Lifeway Christian Resources. We will be discussing curriculum for children, students, and adults. I’m really excited to be a part of this process.

I have shared and taken ideas from so many of you that read this blog. You write, create, and implement curriculum that is working in your context. As we dream and talk about curriculum at this “Think Tank”, I would love to hear from you about what works, what doesn’t work, and what pieces you would include in your ideal curriculum.

If you’d like your ideas included in this meeting, please leave a comment to one or all of the following questions:

  • What does your dream curriculum look like?
  • What balance of small group and large group to you believe works best?
  • What topics are most important for each age group (preschool, elementary, preteen, student, college, adults)?
  • If you could teach through a book of the Bible to the above age groups, which book would you choose?
  • What is the best way to teach through a book of the Bible (verse-by-verse, chapter summary with key verses, main points/themes of the book, etc)?
  • When looking to purchase curriculum, what is one factor that makes or breaks it for you?
  • Do you prefer curriculum to offer a scripted teaching plan, a teaching outline, or a study guide for teachers to create their own lesson?

Feel free to leave another and all other thoughts that you feel are important to consider!

2 responses to If you could create the ideal curriculum…

  1. Have fun Matt! Gatherings like this are my favorite. I’ve been a part of a handful of them from my time at Mars Hill and now at Sparkhouse.

    I’m somewhat biased, but my “dream curriculum” looks a lot like the things we’re developing at Sparkhouse. Connect is my favorite preteen ministry curriculum. I love Holy Moly for preK-K through 4th grade. And there’s a new version of Echo coming out soon. And we have a few other things in the works that will be pretty fantastic!

  2. Here’s what I would say:

    1. Must be able to hand to volunteers. It must take into account common roles: Small Group Leader, Large Group Leader, MC/Games person, and even check-in people.

    2. A way to connect it at home. Even a sample email that you could send out as a recap. Or something you can make available as a download on a website.

    3. The Gospel in many different situations and contexts. Use the law to teach the gospel.

    4. Real-time relevant illustrations. No more illustrations that don’t make any sense to that group.

    5. The issues that we talk through with preteens are: Identity, Relationships and Choices. They cover the issues that are most relevant to the age group at the time right now.

    As far as other thoughts… churches are different. Graphics aren’t make or break for me, but that’s because our Communications Department is amazing. What do most places need is different that what I need and answering that question is probably the most important question that you have.

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