#004 – Choosing Your Curriculum

Curriculum

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How do you go about choosing the curriculum that you use at your church? Do you write your own? Do you let the teachers select their own curriculum?

In this episode of the podcast, I want to share with you some areas of consideration that you should think through before you decide on which curriculum to use at your church.

Some preliminaries:

If you haven’t taken the time to listen to the first 3 episodes yet you can do that here:

Let me give you an idea of what the 1st 3 episodes are about:
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Episode 1 – “What Most Excites and Concerns You About the Future for Independent Baptist Ministry?”

  • In this episode, I play and discuss some of the voicemails that you left answering that question.  There were several voicemails with a variety of answers.

Episode 2 – “Baptist Leaders and Social Media”

  • Pastor Mike Kleitz, from Calvary Road Baptist Church in New Albany, Indiana joins me as a guest on this episode to discuss why and how guys in Independent Baptist leadership roles should engage in social media.

Episode 3 – “The 5 Reasons I Started This Podcast”

  • Here, I share my heart with you on why I started the podcast.  Hopefully, this episode will give you a little insight into who I am and where I’m coming from.

Also, a special thank you to Pastor Ryan Hayden for leaving a 5 star rating and a helpful review over in iTunes.  If you would like to do the same, head over to MinistryConnectionPodcast.com/iTunes and leave an honest review.  I’d greatly appreciate it.

Now, to this weeks content.

Some questions that you might be asking before selecting curriculum:

  • Who publishes the curriculum?

Here are some of the Baptist curriculum publishers that I’m aware of:

 

  • Is it KJV only or at least available in a KJV option?

Is it a dealbreaker for you if the publisher does not have a KJV option or are you willing to use it and adapt it to meet your need?

  • How much does it cost?

We should definitely be wise stewards of God’s resources, but is this a deciding factor for you?  Are you will to compromise on quality to save money?

Some questions that we should also be asking:

  • If your church has a mission statement, is the curriculum consistent with that?

If the answer to this question is no, I would suggest that this isn’t the curriculum to use.

  • Is it reasonably easy to use and prepare for the teacher?

Get feedback directly from your teachers on this question.

  • Does the curriculum provide what it takes to build a spiritual foundation for your children?

  • Is it stylistically and visually appealing for the student?

  • Is the curriculum unified throughout the church in it’s scope and sequence?

This is a personal preference of mine, but I really like the concept of all age groups at least studying the same theme and main scriptures.  This puts parents and children on the same page with what they are studying, thus, encouraging spiritual discussions in the home.  This works really well with grandparents as well.

My preferred curriculum in D6 Curriculum.

 

With what age do you begin and end providing curriculum for your classes?

 

The Top 5 in Under 5 Segment

Pastor Ryan Hayden shares his top 5 ways to reach out to the neighborhoods around your church.

5.  Just Be a  Good Neighbor

4.  Pray For Your Neighbors

3.  Canvass the Neighborhood

2.  Start a Social Network – NextDoor.com

1.  Help Your Neighbors

You can find Pastor Ryan Hayden through his great blog over at Ryan-Hayden.com

If you would like to contribute to The Top 5 in Under 5 Segment email me at Bryan@MinistryConnectionPodcast.com

 

The next episode will be a feedback episode from your responses to this episode.  What curriculum do you use and why did you decide on that curriculum?  What is your philosophy on curriculum?

God Bless!

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