However, it has become evident over the past half century that even some publishing houses do not write their own curriculum. They simply buy the "editorial rights" to denominational material and edit out unacceptable words or concepts and re-publish the material. You can be sure that this "warmed over," denominational material has no teaching regarding the undenominational nature of the Lord's church. Often, the plan of salvation taught is either out-right error or non-existent. Often these publishing concerns are able convince an unsuspecting Brotherhood that the material is actually written by members of the Lord's church.
We encourage elders to be very careful in the selection of Bible School curriculum. Enquire of the publisher as to whether or not they are re-publishing denominational material. Evaluate the material used in every classroom. Make sure you have a Biblical curriculum.
This page will be devoted to helping churches write their own curriculum or at least learn to evaluate curriculum and make sure it is educationally and above all, scripturally sound.If you have any questions or if I can be of help to you in your efforts to teach God's word, please contact me via E-mail:
1. The Bible: The nature of the Bible, Old Testament Survey, New Testament Survey, methods of study and devotional use.2. Doctrines: God, Christ, the Holy Spirit, the nature of man, sin, salvation, the Lord's church, obedience, judgment, the Christian world view, etc.
3. The Christian life: Worship, stewardship, evangelism, leisure, recreation, vocation, friendship, educational and cultural development.4. Marriage and the home: the Christian family, communication, sexual love in marriage, permanence of marriage, roll of husband, wife and children.
5. The New Testament Church: Establishment, undenominational nature, organization, mission, worship, discipline, fellowship, history, etc.
6. Church life and outreach: Church history, personal evangelism, visitation, missionary outreach, service in and through the church.
7. Christian Ethics: Honesty, alcohol and drug abuse, gambling, race relations, etc.
8. Apologetics: Creation vs. Evolution; How We Got The Bible, Inspiration and Authority of the Bible, God Is, etc.9. Leadership and service: Leadership training, teacher training, worship training, etc.
Those who plan the curriculum in the local church must determine how much time should be given to each area of study. Here are some principles for consideration:
Consider these characteristics of a good Bible curriculum:
2. Must view the Bible as inspired and authoritative.
3. Must stimulate the pupil to use the Bible.
4. Must show the unique nature of the Lord's church.
5. Must consider learner's age and developmental level.
6. Must contribute to instructional goals.
7. Must allow for repetition and review.
(1) Positive aspects: (a) A small church can unite all pupils in a single lesson related worship. (b) All family members can discuss their common lesson at home.
(2) Negative aspects: (a) Lesson are repeated on a 5 to 7 year cycle, provide limited Bible coverage. (b) Bible content often is not suitable for pupils of all ages.
(2) Negative aspects: (a) A limited number of themes make it difficult to give complete Bible coverage. (b) Lessons taught in each department determined by theme, rather than pupils' developing needs.
Let's suppose you are responsible for writing a curriculum for the Junior and Senior High school department. How would you go about it? Here are some suggestions that will help you get started.
First, remember that the curriculum is like a road map. It tells you where you are going. It also serves to tell you where you have been. As you "map out" where you want to go with the "Youth Department" you will also be able to see where you have been so as not to repeat the same subjects.
Writing curriculum is really a group project. We suggest that you call a meeting of all teachers and parents of the young people in seventh grade through high school. Allow about two hours to discuss the need to develop a curriculum for your youth group. Give each person a "Curriculum Development Form." This form will have four questions to be answered by the group. The one leading the discussion should write these on the board or on an overhead transparency. The four questions are as follows:
Once you have a list of topics, you may begin arranging them in the proper sequence. For example, it would be logical to teach a survey of the Old Testament before the survey of the New Testament. It might be best to teach the Life of Christ before a study of the Book of Acts.
Let us suppose we are working on a four year curriculum to cover four years of high school. We will need to work up a "form" with proper divisions on which to write the subjects to be taught. The form might look something like this:
|Winter 2004||Old Testament Survey--Part 1||How To Study the Bible|
|Spring 2004||Old Testament Survey--Part 2||The New Testament Church|
|Summer 2004||New Testament Survey||Christian Ethics for Teens|
|Fall 2004||The Life of Christ||How We Got The Bible|
|Winter 2005||Old Testament Heroes||The Bible & Evolution|
|Spring 2005||New Testament Heroes||The Miracles of Jesus|
|Summer 2005||Why I Am A Christian||The Parables of Jesus|
|Fall 2005||The Book of Acts||Respect For Authority|
|Winter 2006||Denominational Doctrines||The Law & the Gospel|
|Spring 2006||Christian Stewardship||Study of Heaven & Hell|
|Summer 2006||Great Bible Doctrines||Mission of the Church|
|Fall 2006||NT Worship||Study of Satan & Angels|
|Winter 2007||Minor Prophets||Bible Manners & Customs|
|Spring 2007||Ezekiel & Daniel||Marriage Matters|
|Summer 2007||The Book of Revelation||World Religions|
|Fall 2007||The Christian Graces||The Scheme of Redemption|
Your curriculum may not be the same as this one, but this will hopefully give you some idea of what it should look like. Once you have completed the task of selecting the subjects to be taught over a four year period, it now becomes necessary to look at each quarter individually. Each quarter will have thirteen lessons. Each lesson will need to be developed so as to fit the over-all scope of the unit. In our next lesson, we will discuss how to go about developing a lesson.