As you consider choosing curriculum for your children’s program, these questions can guide you and provide a great framework for your team discussion.
Is It Based on the Bible?
The Bible is the foundation on which a solid curriculum is built. Especially with the decline in biblical literacy, it’s more important than ever to impart truths from God’s Word to the next generation.
- Is the doctrine and theology sound?
- Does it reflect an accurate viewpoint from Scripture?
- Is Bible memory part of the learning experience?
Does It Bring Children Closer to Jesus?
Life-changing ministry begins with a commitment to one thing—leading people to Jesus. Jesus said, “I am the way and the truth and the life” (John 14:6 niv). When we teach Him, we teach everything. We will never be satisfied until we see young hearts and lives committed not only to His teachings but to Him.
- Does it help children discover that Jesus loves them?
- Does it offer clear teaching on the life and ministry of Jesus?
Does It Value Relationship?
Spiritual growth happens best within the context of close personal relationships. When trust is established, children can go deeper—they feel safe sharing their thoughts and responses about God and what they are learning.
- Does it help train and develop teachers to lead children in learning?
- Does it provide tips to help leaders connect relationally with kids?
- Does it encourage learning at home as a family?
Are Lessons Taught at the Correct Age Level?
Successful ministries teach children the Bible in ways that are relevant to each age and stage of life. Lessons that are written for the correct age level are easier to teach and are better understood by children.
- Does it offer helpful tools to engage the imagination of children?
- Are lessons appropriate for the age level?
Does It Focus on Transformation?
This is the most important question because the goal of ministry is changed lives. It is as much about the here and now as it is about the future and eternity.
- Is there a clear and practical real-life application for each lesson?
- Does it encourage children to develop a lifelong faith?
How Much Time Does It Take to Prepare and Teach?
What is a realistic time commitment for your teachers to prepare and teach the lessons?
- What training is needed?
- How flexible is it to fit your needs?
Your answers to these questions will guide you to a wise curriculum choice that equips you and your teachers for life-changing children’s ministry.
“He who began a good work in you will bring it to completion” (Phil. 1:6 niv).
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