By: Dick Gruber
One task of the children’s pastor or leader is to choose the right curriculum for their church. This is what we want to explore in this article. First, let’s make the purpose of curriculum clear.
It provides a pattern for the systematic study of God’s word and its application. If followed, students will learn Bible stories, scripture facts, and application of the same for everyday living.
Lois Lebar wrote, “If we provide small children frequent opportunities to say, “yes” to Christ in accordance with their limited comprehension of Him, we shall never err by hindering them from coming to the Savior, nor by being responsible for their making a mere profession before the Spirit has prepared the heart. We shall never be guilty of going to either extreme if we give our groups of children numerous occasions to confess their love of Christ, and then deal individually with those who seek salvation, a miracle which happens once for all time and eternity.”
Lawrence Richards wrote, “The real challenge in ministry with boys and girls is to provide that context in which the first step can be taken…and then a whole lifetime of growth be supported.”
Good curriculum, if followed, will encourage students regularly to make Jesus their personal Lord and Savior and to grow in Him. This is a key factor in the salvation and discipleship of our children.
With that said, curriculum is a recipe card. You are the master’s chef. No curriculum is complete, for every church in every village has its own distinctive personality. It is impossible for one curriculum to provide all for all.
So, what are some considerations when evaluating and selecting curriculum?
When I was a young married guy working construction, my boss would occasionally come by, grab my hammer, and pound a couple of nails. He would pause, look at the hammer and then me, and state, “It’s not the hammer.”
Curriculum is a tool. When used properly, it can yield great results. Take care in choosing the curriculum that is right for your children, for your church, for this time.
Dick Gruber is the children’s ministries specialist at Valley Forge Christian College. Visit him on the Web at www.dickgruber.com.